Two days before running I was in to visit the podiatrist. I've been suffering from a lot of pain in my right Achilles tendon and wanted to get it checked out. The doctor was none to pleased when she asked me to describe my pre-run stretching regimen and I replied with "none". So, I've been stretching the tendons religiously ever since and I have already noticed an improvement. I guess doctors aren't all complete idiots.
So with my legs feeling a lot less pain I trotted off down the trail for a couple hours. I brought a camera along again this time and took a few shots. It's kind of funny that I only stopped once to try and get a good shot at the Catoctin Aqueduct and it turned out very blurry. The rest of them I just slowed down a little and snapped pictures while I ran.
It was quite cold this week, but I was prepared with a freshly purchased hoodlum mask. It must have been quite intimidating because I encountered a guy with big scary dog who took one look at me and ran the other way. It was most likely just a coincidence that he chose that particular moment to turn and start jogging the other way, but I enjoyed pretending to be intimidating for a couple miles. Eventually he ran out of steam and walked off one of the side trails. I still had 3 miles to go.
|Parking lot at Point of Rocks. The water was very high!|
|CSX train headed up the tracks.|
|and into the tunnel. This train went to Brunswick and stopped. I ran along side it for at least a mile as it was parked on the tracks.|
|Approaching the Catoctin Aqueduct|
|View from the Catoctin Aqueduct. The Potomac river is flowing right to left at the end of this stream.|
|Railroad bridge over the Catoctin Aqueduct. This is about 3.5 miles from Point of Rocks.|
|Scary man, from below.|
|Scary man, from above.|
|The turn around point. The car is blocking the entrance to the Brunswick Family Campground.|
|The camp ground was closed. It looks like a nice park. I guess it was closed due to high water, but I'm not really sure. There was a police car in front of the gate, but no one was in it.|
|The trail beckons.|
|This is Lock #28, Fulton's Lock. I was really starting to get tired at this point and snapped a couple of pictures to get my mind off of the repetitive urging to stop and walk.|
|The Lock House belonged to William Henry Fulton, originally from Loudon County Virginia. (Source: http://mcmullans.org/canal/lock_28.htm)|
I was quite pleased when I looked at the data from my watch. I ran an average time of 9:31. I keep edging closer to four hour marathon time. I don't want to allow myself to even hope for that kind of time at the race. I'll just keep at it and see where I end up.
Next week will be a big challenge. I am scheduled to run 14 miles which will be .9 miles further than I have ever run before. If Cindi is available to drive me, I will run from Point of Rocks to White's Ferry.
Time to log off here and go for a six miler around the neighborhood. Cheers!