90 minutes - about 10 miles. I hadn't had a week where I decresed my milage for a little while; my body is telling me this is the week to take a little break with the milage. Felt good this morning and will run accordingly tomorrow.
60 degrees, very light rain and dense fog. The Shut In Ridge trail was certainly shut in this morning. The leaves have now covered the trails - hiding all the rocks/roots that wait underneath to punish ankles and feet. The Shut-In Ridge Trail Race is next weekend and if the conditions stay wet, this brutal course will also be slippery. I did an out/back on the easy section of this course and the steep/technical decents had me almost to a walk. If anyone makes a CR next week, they are probably even 2-3 minutes faster in good conditions. Ran into Shilo Mielke's mom at the grocery store the other day and she said he'll be there to defend his title. His CR is a solid one; this course really plays to his strengths. I'd love to see some of the big hammers from the NE and west of the ippississiM come out this way to test his CR some day. This is 17.8 point to point race where the RD needs to use the Blue Ridge Parkway to be able to set up aid stations and get people back to the start. The BRPW is still closed in that area for dangers of rock slides. Hope the race will still happen; I'll be on the course in the area where Shiloh has been known to make his move if he still has someone on his heels.