9/27/2014: Belmead-on-the-James

Short drive to Powhatan on Saturday morning for the inaugural Belmead Trail Fest 50K.  Very well-organized, friendly event on a fun course. I was able to hang on to men’s third place with the unremarkable time of 5 hours, 6 minutes–though it did get me a $30 gift certificate, which works out to almost $1 per mile.

I asked Melissa to take some cool picture of the course, and I got a water tower.

I asked Melissa to take some cool pictures of the course, and I got this water tower.

9/13/2014: First Landing State Park, Cape Henry Trail

Drove 4 miles or so from our hotel on Atlantic Avenue to 64th Street, where I parked outside one of the entrances to First Landing State Park.  From there, took a right on the Cape Henry Trail and ran to the end and back; then ran the other side of the trail–toward Broad Bay–and back, for a total of 13 miles.


From hotel balcony.

Just off the Cape Henry Trail.

Just off the Cape Henry Trail.

9/6/2014: Douthat State Park

After spending Friday feeding wildebeest, etc., from our car, we made our way to The Inn at Gristmill Square in Warm Springs so I could run the Odyssey Trail Running Rampage marathon on Saturday morning.  Here is the short version of a race report: I was doing well during the first half of the race.  I then made two wrong turns (among other mistakes) and dropped.  Still, it was a beautiful course and a lot of fun.  (I covered a total of 19 miles, some of which was not on the course.)

Near the Gristmill Inn, between Warm Springs and Hot Springs on Hwy. 220 in Bath County.

With ostrich.

With ostrich.