For most of my readers, you might be used to me talking about a place called Hangover - a place I have written entire blogs about and included in dozens more. This blog will highlight this same place; a place I love - called Hangover.
If there are any new readers, I will briefly explain Hangover. Hangover was founded by SSU runners long before I was in college, before Eric Putnam was even the coach. They needed to run one morning and decided to drive into the Shawnee State Forest to find a new place to run. They stumbled upon Forest Rd. #5 and at the top found Bridle Trail #5. Now, the night before was still lingering on their breathe and sweating out of their pores - hence the name Hangover. Today, Hangover is more aptly named because of the feeling runners get the day after running this hill-invested, lovely-viewed, out-of-the way path. SSU Cross Country uses this grueling route three times a year for workouts, one 5-mile time trail and two 5k time trials, per season. Long runs are often held there on Sunday's too.
I have been especially fond of this place and contribute running there to a lot of my success. Here are some of the blogs about Hangover:
A Tribute to Hangover - August 2010
The First Chapter... 2010 Hangover Time Trial - September 2010
Hangover At Its Best... Time Trial Edition - August 2009
The Last Two Hours - October 2009
Today I made my way out to Hangover for the first time since, I think, November of last year. I have passed through the area on some of my long runs on the trail, but haven't exclusively ran on Hangover for an entire run. This was just what I needed too, Hangover demonstrated to me why I love it there so much and why it is so good.
Today was also a long run day. I did 17 miles. It is 6.1 miles from gate to gate. I went past the gate a little over 2 miles, left of road #2 and back. Early in the run I knew I was going to be feeling good. Not only because my body was feeling good physically, but mainly because my mind was in a state of clarity on this day...