The plan was to run intervals at the track, but it rained during the night, and the morning was cool, damp, misty, cloudy…in a word, uninspiring. A day crying out to be spent indoors, with plenty of coffee, at work on important tasks. But of these I had none. I sat on the sofa, looked out the window, and struggled to come up with a plan to make the day productive.
The irony is, having taken time off from the corporate world….here I am sitting around with time on my hands. Perhaps I’m suffering from a touch of “Griditis,” a state of fatigue associated with excessive peak-bagging activities.
Further weighing on my state of mind: a pair of young ultra-runners is out on the Long Path attempting to thru-run the 358-mile trail in 7 days, which would soundly break the current record — which is my record.
I pull up their SPOT track on my laptop and see they are on the move in the Catskills, heading down from North-South Lake Campground toward Kaaterskill High Peak. Now an idea occurs to me: I could drive up there, meet them on the trail and cheer them on — and then climb Kaaterskill, scratching it off the list for the June Grid.
The only question, can I face such a grim mountain on such a glum day?