This weekend I had the great opportunity to go back home to West Virginia. I love the hills and the air of West Virginia in the fall. Although I went to visit with family, I fit a short 10-mile hike into my schedule on Saturday. I hiked through Core Arboretum and then along a bike trail toward the Pennsylvania state line. The day was a little cool but the sunshine was bright and the trees were filled with the colors of fall.
I think every high school and college cross country team within 50 miles of Morgantown decided to utilize this section of the bike trail as a training course. I have never been passed by so many people in a 3 hour period in my life – 10 bikers and 10,352 runners (this is a little exaggeration – I didn’t count them). How many people did I pass up? I did keep an accurate count of this number ….. “0!”
There were mile markers on the bike trail so I decided to track my speed. I was able to hike 7 consecutive miles under 15 minutes per mile. I was pretty happy with this. I typically hike 18-20 minute miles on the hills and dales of the backpacking trails. I knew that I would be faster on the straight and flat bike trails, but it was rewarding to know that I could reach the sub 4-mile an hour pace for almost two hours. on – I didn’t count them). How many people did I pass up? I did keep an accurate count of this number ….. “0!”
Countdown….. 180 days!!!!