So to make up for what is usually a 50 mile race weekend, I met friends Aaron Ochoa and John for a run through the Ouachita Forest. They are both gearing up for both the Midnight Madness 50 Miler in two weeks, and Aaron is running the Burning River 100 and so they needed to be challenged and we were certainly all challenged because this would also be the first 100 degree day in Oklahoma and I am sure there will be more to come. Time to head to the mountains of Colorado or the cool cities of Western Europe.
We got started as early as possible because Aaron and John had to drive from Tulsa. We still managed to get under way at precisely 7 am which I thought was pretty good.
|This map shows pretty much the route that we did the double out and back on.|
Normally the river crossing at the beginning of this section of trail is wet enough that you cannot get across without at least soaking your feet or even your shins but on this day there was hardly a drop of water in the crossing. That does not bode well for Oklahoma and drought conditions this summer.
All of us were in jovial spirits as we made our way to the top of the mtn. Though it was hot at times, we were all in good spirits and even entertained the idea of running further but thought we better get back to our aid station.
So we headed down hill and made very good time back to the car. By that time, the heat had really begun to settle in and we were beginning to feel the effects after only 10 or so miles. We refueled and headed out for a second trip up the mountain knowing it would be difficult.
|Still smiling in 100 degree heat.|
|Spring water never tasted so good.|
|"Bring on the Midnight Madness 50 Miler!"|