Saturday, January 1, 2011

Starting 2011 with a 10K run up Signal Mtn

What a better way to start the new year than a 10K run up Signal Mtn. ... at 8 am in the rain and fog? Fortunately, it was relatively warm with temperatures in the 50s.

The so-called "W Road" is a twisty 1000' climb up Signal Mountain in Chattanooga, TN that is often closed during snowy weather. But today, after a horrendous sleepless night of thunderstorms, the road was open and my friends were waiting when I got there. About a dozen of us - from college aged to 50 something, including 4 women, made the annual run up to Lee's beautiful log house for a party.

It took it us about an hour and thanks to Bill M., maybe I'll join the group again next year.

I've logged about 16 miles in the past 5 days. I expect to decrease my mileage and begin speed and strength work in hopes of sprinting in a few races this year. I'm getting a very late start training for the indoor track season. Also, I'm on a low carb low fat raw vegetarian diet to cleanse my digestive tract and drop about 15 lbs to get to my competition weight. I was as high as 160 lbs., now at 152 and target weight is 144ish.

Check out this tour of the hairpins of "W Road" (H/T Jeff):


Old Man and mid pack runner said...

great start to the new year. see you at any races, this spring?

William said...

Oh, probably not. Maybe. I probably should since I am at the bottom of my age bracket (50). I've been running a lot but nothing like the year I was running 19s. That type of training was painful and I'm a wus. I'd be lucky to break 22 right now. I hope to sprint in a few indoor meets in Feb but since I'm only a seasonal trainer, I'm not expecting much. The knee feels fine though and my weight is coming down so .... we'll see. I almost hate to break my 8 race string of PRs.

Kimmy said...

LOVED the video! Chattanooga is one of my favorite places to visit.

Anna said...

That looks awesome. do you know if they are doing the run 2012? If you know any details, could you send me an e-mail? Thank you! Anna