We hit Cavitt road and just rolled with it, we were talking and catching each other up on what had been going on since the last time we ran/saw each other. Cavitt today heading out was pretty enjoyable, but I had forgotten how much of the fire road there is, I really just wanted to be on the single track trail. We hit the single track and I took the lead or Miss P. let me take the lead so that I was on snake look out. Pretty cleaver on her part, I didn't figure it out for a few feet.
Once at Granite Bay I had to stop and use the restroom. I was holding until this spot because I didn't want to have to go off trail. We cruised into twin rocks and I made a casual comment that I didnt' realize that we could still park our cars at twin rocks. I thought they were closing it down.
Miss P. was in the lead and tackled twin rocks like she owned it and the next thing I knew was, she was out of sight. I figured I would eventual see her again and if not we had decided to run 7 out and turn around.
I ran my own pace and enjoyed my time on the trail. I arrived at the photo spot, only Miss P. wasn't here. Maybe she had continued on, so I continued on knowing I would see her at the turn around. But before I left the photo spot I called out her name just in case she was "off trail." Nothing but silence.
I made my way through the "grinder" the technical part of the trail, where it is really hard to get any rhythm. I knew soon enough though I would be hitting the turn around. Sure enough I did, only Miss P. wasn't there. That's odd, how could I have missed her it is an out and back and I know for sure she didn't pass me on the trail, and I know I didn't pass. I called her name and the only sound I heard was a guy's voice. Two trail runners had just come from Rattlesnake and they told me the only person they saw on the trail was a lady and her dog. I thanked them and told them Miss P. knew the trail I probably just missed her. Still very odd.
I kept seeing a ton of these
Since she wasn't at mile 7 and we had talked vaguely about doing 16 I ran on to mile 8 just in case she had gone off trail and the two trail runners didn't notice. Nope no one at mile 8 or in between. Really starting to concern me. I just don't know where I missed her, unless.......
I hustled back in making my way through the "grinder". Still no Miss P. I hit the mile 9 on the return and still no Miss P. I continued on hoping I would run into her on the return. I arrived at the photo spot and still no Miss P.Where could she be.
I made it back to Granite bay and no sign of her, I was on Cavitt fire road and only had 2 miles to go. I really hope she is back at her car. I arrived in the parking lot at Cavitt school and who do I find but Miss P. Miss P. is OK, she had taken "a different trail" and only run 13 miles.
Here she is
I am glad that everyone made it back in in one piece and I even laughed a little afterward probably because the stress of not knowing had built up inside. Overall I tackled the rolling hills and pushed my legs to keep running. By the time I got back in my stomach was growling at me so I probably should have eaten more solid food. My legs were a bit stiff the last 2 miles but this is also my high mileage week with 42 miles so far and a 14 mile trail to Cool tomorrow.
I am liking how my legs are reacting to the hill training and I will continue to hit Pennsylvania Ave. at least once a week when I am off on the weekend and probably 2 times a week when I have to work weekends. It is helping me with my confidence on the hills as I will be needing it during TRT.