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Today was my “easy” day both for driving and for running. I have a long run tomorrow for training, so was excited to only need to do a mile in Maryland as I drove through to Pennsylvania. I slept in a little and iced up my ankles for good measure.
On my way out of Virginia I stopped and got myself a delicious soy cappuccino from Starbucks, and continued my trek. I had tersely just taken my first sip when I noticed a sign over the highway.
*Stream of consciousness from that moment* What the EFF?!?!? West Virginia wasn’t on my route. That makes an extra state. You’ve got to be kidding me! I just want to drink my coffee, but how long could I actually be here? Stupid Garmin, why did you take me this way? Fine, I’ll stop and figure out what’s going on.
So I stopped at a gas station, and pulled out my iPhone. *Stream of consciousness again* “This is why people hate West Virginia! No Verizon service? Is that even possible? I think this may indicate I’m not even on earth anymore. No Verizon? Ugh”
This whole inner monologue happened in less than 10 minutes, and finally decided to make the best of it. So I headed down a road towards Harper’s Ferry, which is a National Park, figuring it was the perfect opportunity to add a national park to my places visited on this road trip. And off I went.
I decided to run a short trail part of the way, as it was 1.6 miles down to the “Lower Town” and I really did only want to do a mile. As I started down the trail, I realized this was an actual hiking trail. Rock stairs were everywhere, and running was limited for the first 1/3 of a mile, but once I reached a road, I took off.
It was really gorgeous, along the river and the train tracks (this is a theme). And once I finished my mile, I realized it was 1.2 back to my car, or another .6 down to the shuttle to take me back to my car. I was hot, I went shuttle, and got some very funny looks. Imagine being the girl who is literally dripping with sweat on a bus full of tourists who were just looking at blacksmiths and candle makers.
At this point, I’ve lost more then an hour. I’m hot, sweaty, and just want to not be in the car anymore. But onward I went! And less than 10 minutes later, I entered Maryland. I knew I wouldn’t be in Maryland very long, so I planned to go about 15 minutes before I started to look for a place to run there. Note to self: the Civil War Trail is simply a bunch of roads through the country. No actual trails.
But I found a state park, and figured it would do the job.
I parked, and headed off on the maintenance road. I got about 1/3 of a mile in and reached the end, and started to turn around, and out of the corner of my eye, I noticed something was following me, no was running fast. “Ahhhh what the eff?!” Not inner monologue that time. Based on size, speed and color, I thought it was either a dog or a fox. Within a split second I realized it was a very small baby deer.
Image from sleepyfawn.blogspot.com The deer chasing me was about this size.
As soon as I screamed he ran off a little, stopped, and watched me. He looked sad, like he wanted to play and I’d ruined it. But I kept my eye on him, while running away, and looking for any bigger ones that might be looking to trample me now. Free of followers, I continued to finish my mile, albeit a bit slow, because I had been scared to death!
I cooled down, and headed off the rest of my drive, and finally arrived at my hotel outside Philly. I figured out where I’m running tomorrow morning for my long run, got some food, and am now about ready to crash for an early morning 11 miler to end my 7 state, 21 mile RundRaiser!
How many National Parks have you been to?
Have you ever completely misjudged your directions?
Favorite specialty coffee beverage?