White Mountain Milers Half Marathon

This was my last 'real' race of the year so I took it seriously and focused my training for the last few weeks accordingly -  track, temp, long runs, mostly on pavement. My goal pace a month out was sub 6 minutes and that was very much in reach heading into this race. Unfortunately I didn't get enough training in and am still clydesdale status with 10+lbs to lose before dropping down to 'race weight'. I shifted my goal pace to 6:05 min/miles putting me at a sub 1:20 time. It was tough to do but I knew that if I went out trying to race beyond my ability I would pay for it big time - I've learned this lesson once and that's all I needed. 

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Sidehill MTB

Met up with Dave to show him some more North Conway MTB goods. We parked behind Walmart and headed north on Sidehill which isn't exactly the preferred direction but it's good work and certainly makes you a better biker. We followed connected to the Middle/Peaked trail and bombed down to Sticks and Stones for a CCW loop. 

Marshall Conservation Area MTB

Dave and I went back for redemption after our last ride up at Mineral Site. He was on a rental and had a miserable time. I had never biked the trails in the freshly cut Marshall Conservation Area so we drove over in the AM to check it out. We biked up the dirt road then continued on the brap trail before hanging a left into the woods on some singletrack. We took that to a dead end boulder and found another turnoff a little ways back. That trail took us up to high street which we followed up to the mineral site parking lot. From there it was familiar territory. We road mineral site to FR79 then to the stony ridge loop. We huffed it back out of FR379 and back to high street. Instead of heading back the same direction we took some brap trails back further down on High Street then pulled back in singletrack. There were a few new trails in there to the north that I hadn't been on and we ended up popping out at the farm next to the parking area. I don't think the new trails are anything special but a nice way to get too and from mineral site. 

Rattlesnake & Middle Mountain

Part 2 of today's adventure was hijacking Hilary's afternoon hike. She originally wanted to do Peaked and Middle from the Thompson side but I said let's run sidehill up to Middle and over to Peaked. Well I got us going up the wrong drainage trying to get to the saddle between Rattlesnake and Middle. As a result we bushwhacked up to the Summit of Rattlesnake over some ledges taking in a few lookouts along the way. I thought we'd come across some trail eventually but we found nothing. We continued heading north along the ridge over some steep terrain and eventually crossed on to the trail on the saddle. From there we followed it to Middle, caught the sunset, then ran down to the power lines and back to our cars. Elvio's for dinner was in order after that excursion. 

White Mountain Milers Half Marathon

Two days after watching Hilary compete in the Wildman, I decided to register for the White Mountain Milers half marathon. Seeing her and all the other competitors motivated me to get my sh*t together and start training. I did what all first time racers do and that was print out Hal Higdon's training plan.  This simple plan allowed me to form a little structure around my running, meaning I now had goals and purpose - a pivotal moment in my life for sure. 

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