Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I'm back from MA!

So I made it back from Massachusetts in one piece, but I has humbled by the grueling trail race I ran. I enjoy jogging a few times a week. When I go, I'll jog 5-6 miles pretty easily. Before I flew out to MA for the race I was jogging 10-12 miles at a great pace with a few hills here and there. I figured I would be in fine shape to run the Seven Sisters Trail Race... man was I wrong. This is not a brisk jog by any stretch of the imagination. This is a 12 mile death hike up and down so tough trails. The hills we scaled were no more than 1000 feet, which sounds pretty simple. But when your running up 500 feet inclines at a 60 degree angles jogging 6 miles seems like a day in paradise. And to top it off it was one of the hottest days of the year in Amherst, topping of in the low 90s. The one good think though was the awesome views you got to briefly glimpse when you did get to the top of one of the seven mountains. Then your at it again climbing down the mountain only to go back up another. I finished the race in 3 hours and 50 minutes - almost doubling the 2 hours it took me to go the same distance at home. However, I did finish and it was something incredible I can say I accomplished once - but probably not again. Fortunately that wasn't the only thing we did when we were out in MA. We did some sight seeing and went to a Red Sox game and really go to enjoy ourselves and meet some great people. Check out some of the cool pics I took. The first 2 pics are an idea of what the trail looked like. The third is the view from the top. The other pics are just awesome sites we saw along the way.