Sheeesh, not only is tapering hard, it’s got to be the least interesting part of endurance training. If you are new to my training experience blog, might I suggest some more interesting entries such as the Laurel Valley 40-mile experience or my recent post about some of the lessons I am learning from this training grind and quest for a 50-mile race finish.
Twenty miles at Kennnesaw Mountain
The highlight of this week’s training was a 20-miler at Kennesaw Mountain. On the second loop, I ran across 3-4 separate incidents of deer. Each time, the deer were very close – usually right on the trail in front me – and only moved a short distance as we approached. I guess with the runners and hikers at this particular mountain trail system, the deer have become conditioned to human beings and less fearful. This is good or bad, depending on who you talk to, but I love being able to see such creatures and share some nature with them.
I get a very significant ‘lift’ in my spirits when I see wild animals in nature. A little stir of excitement, fear, wonder, amazement, interest – a sensory and emotional explosion.
I know the whole population control argument, but I just can’t see how someone could shoot a deer …or anything for that matter. There presence is almost magic to me and find myself very interested in them.
…Next week will be my last entry before the race…