Monday, March 17, 2008


A sunny Sunday morning at Oconee, the day after the traverse

3.11: off- (rest day)

3.12: 14 miles in 1:50 up the Big Creek Trail. Lily, Uwharrie and I stop in the Smokies on our way back from a teacher’s fair in Knoxville. Of course I jump into midnight hole on our way back down. Lily witnesses the plunge and says I look “miserable” afterwards. I warm up outrunning the car back to I-40.

3.13: 10 miles in 1:14 at Warren Wilson. It’s a nice sunny day. I serendipitously bump into Kevin while warming up along the Swannanoa. We run together on the trails of his beautiful collegiate backyard while Lily and Uwharrie get in a hike.

3.14: off- (work/rest)

3.15: 76 miles in 18:37 on the Foothills Trail. Brian B. and I head down to join Richard, Byron and Brian K. on this latest attempt. Denise and Irene provide excellent support. We start at 12:21 AM at Table Rock; most of us make it to Jocassee by dawn. The morning brings thundershowers but soon clears. I refuel at Whitewater just after noon and head back out into the lightning and hail wearing a garbage bag. I finish the last leg by 7 PM: not as fast as my previous time, but given the slippery trail conditions, inclement weather and a sore quad, a very solid effort. Byron and Irene have rented a wonderful cabin at Oconee, which is an ideal place to recuperate afterwards. Thanks for organizing this adventure Byron!

3.16: off- (rest day)

3.17: Five miles with Uwharrie, Adam, and Lily on the Coyote Trail. We’re able to manage some speed play on this short workout. The legs feel good…


JMEC said...


Greg "Loomdog" Loomis said...

Awesome running Matt! Glad to see you throwing down the miles. I hope the upcoming 100 goes well... umstead??

If you are looking for an April adventure I am scheming a run in Sheandoah or on the C& O canal trail (Maryland)

Take care,

Bedrock said...

Coll run and I really enjoy the blog. Hope to head your way soon for some miles with you, Adam and company.