Last year was my first year ever running the War Eagle 25k. I was undertrained and over confident. Thinking I had done 25k’s before undertrained so this will be no problem. I knew I was wrong 1/2 a mile into the run.
You start down in a fog covered valley next to a river. We gathered on an old bridge and when the gun went off we went straight up a hill for over a mile.
8 miles in I was feeling like I had ran 15 miles. The trail is not technical or challenging but it does require training. By the end of the race I told myself if I come back I will train.
Now that time is here. Chad and myself are taking on 5 miles at Two Rivers to kick start our training.
After having bronchitis and not putting in a lot of miles this winter these 5 miles will hurt. The morning of our run was cold, sub 20s cold. Ice was in the trees leftover from the rain we got the other day. But the sun was shining and you could feel its warmth. It was a beautiful day and it was going to be an awesome run.
We snaked our way around 2R’s single track. Going up and down the rollers and avoiding slick spots where ice still sat. 1 mile became 2 miles became 3 miles until we got back to the parking lot and had ran 6 miles.
It was proof that running with a friend makes the miles melt away. After our run we enjoyed a nice cup of black coffee and the view from the barn. I couldn’t ask for a better start to my training. I look forward to the days to come.