Archive for December 2012

New Year Running, Spring Mentoring & More   Leave a comment

Happy Blazing New Year! I hope my actions speak louder than words in expressing how much I appreciate having the Soles in my life. Enough mush, eh?

Spring Mentoring: Looks like Yoda will be some sort of coach for the FF 4 miler program starting at the end of the month. It’s been a while since the Soles did some mentoring, so I would like to encourage everyone to consider doing it again. I am thinking that we can do a Tuesday night run together after the program around 7. Mentoring details are in the email from Nat forwarded below. I know we will be training for the Mountains to Sea run in late April, but I think we will just need to maintain ourselves post Uwharie with some nice Sunday AM trail runs. Soles make for good mentors in my book and doing it together makes it more fun.

Uwharie is a month away! Who is excited? Our training plan calls for a revisit to Eno this weekend (and Jordan Lake next).

12/31 x-train 3M Run


Hill Repeats 4M Run or




3-4 M Run


This week:

Tuesday: I don’t know if any is up for a New Year’s Day run. Thoughts? I would be game for one that is not early morning.

Thursday: A nice easy campus run. 6:15 from FF?

Saturday: Eno @ 8:30? Caravan anyone?

Sunday: Back to the Mill unless there is a mutiny!

May a blazing new year be with you!

Posted December 31, 2012 by yoda in Uncategorized

Christmas Week Running   Leave a comment

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! Thank you, Endurtle, for hosting all the crazy Christmas Soles on Saturday night.

Who’s running this week? There are lots of traveling Soles (me included).

Who’s in for a Thursday evening campus run?

On Saturday at 8AM, Trailheads are having their annual New Year’s long run from Seawell School parking lot.

Anyone interested?

I will be getting to RDU at 9am Saturday, so will be too late for the Seawell run. Anyone up for a later run on Saturday? Anthone want to come get me at the airport? 🙂

See you all next weekend! Have a great Christmas week!


Posted December 24, 2012 by yoda in Uncategorized

Christmas Eve Morn Run: 9:30 @ Seawall School with Potluck to follow   Leave a comment

Collective decision at the gorgeous Mill run today to meet tomorrow at 9:30 @ Seawall. Bring food (enough for Melina plus the rest of us). If you don’t want to run, let’s eat at 10:30 at the picnic tables.

Anyone want to give Yoda a lift??

Posted December 23, 2012 by yoda in Uncategorized

Sunday run Johnston mill 9:30   Leave a comment

Sunday run at Johnston mill. Directions at

Be there at 9:30 . Running at 9:45

Posted December 22, 2012 by yoda in Uncategorized

Weekend Running, Christmas Festivities, Christmas Eve Morn Run + Mountains-to-Sea Registration open   2 comments

Who’s in fer which run? I’ll be there!

Umstead tomorrow @ 8:30: Caravan leaving Dogwood Acres @ 7:45 and then at the Yodabode @ 8. The directions (always on : Reedy Creek @ Umstead: (Trail Map) (Google Map) Meet @ Reedy Creek section: You get off the exit and take a left and drive to the parking lot. Trail-gaiting encourages!

Sunday: 8:15 easy trail run! Who’s in for a mutiny to Johnston Mill?

Anyone interested in a Christmas Eve Morn trot through Briar Chapel? With maybe a quick potluck to follow?

And, if you can’t make the runs, I still hope to see you at Kelly’s tomorrow night!

Mountains-to-Sea Trail
12-M & 50-K Challenge

April 7, 2013


Join us for 12 miles or 50 km of beautiful single track trail along Falls Lake in Raleigh to benefit the Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail.


Posted December 21, 2012 by yoda in Uncategorized

Holiday Running   Leave a comment

What a great weekend for running! Our continuing exploration of trails in the area is opening up some nice short road trips for some amazing trail runs. New Hope Overlook’s lake views at Jordan Lake will be bringing us back often. Nana has plotted out a quicker route from Chapel Hill, so a shorter drive plus trailgating will make future trips much more acessible to the busy Sole!

Anyone up for hill repeats this Wednesday?

Holiday festivities this Saturday night!!! Be at Kelly’s at 6. Bring food to share, a donation for the food pantry (IFC) and something lying around the house for the ‘re-gift rodeo’!

Saturday morning, we are heading to Unstead, meeting @ Reedy Creek section: You get off the exit and take a left and drive to the parking lot. google map:,-78.7502. Google says its 24 minutes from my house and 30 from Dogwood Acres. Carpool/Caravan options will be sorted out later this week.

There seems to be a desire to move Sunday runs a bit earlier than 9 [except for some vocal grumbling yesterday 🙂 ]. Let’s plan to meet at 8:15. This week, let’s head beck to Carolina North. Or Johnston Mill?

Since we all enjoyed the Eastwood Lake Loop lest week, let’s run it again this Tuesday! See you at Home Team at 6:15.

12/17 x-train 4M Run


Hill Repeats 6M Run or




3-4 M Run


Runs this week:
Tuesday: Eastwood Lake @ 6:15 @ home Team
Wednesday: Hill Repeats @ 6:15 @??
Thursday: Campus Run @ 6:15 @ FF
Saturday: Trail Run @ 8:30 @ Umstead
HOLIDAY Fest @ 6PM @ Endurtle’s
Sunday: Easy Trial Run @ 8:15 @ CHHS

What did I forget?

May the holiday force be with you!

Posted December 17, 2012 by yoda in Uncategorized

New Hope for Running This Week!   Leave a comment

What a gorgeous weekend to kick off our Uwharrie season! We logged some nice trails miles and no-one seems the worse for wear.

Saturday, we are heading to New Hope Overlook (directions below). There is also a Little River Course Preview hosted by the Trailheads. Check their website for more details.

Several Soles suggested the Eastwood Lake Loop for this Tuesday, so let’s do it! I am a big fan of mutinies. See you at Home Team at 6:15.

12/10 x-train 3M Run


Stadium 5M Run or





Runs this week:
Tuesday: Eastwood Lake @ 6:15 @ home Team
Wednesday: Stadium Steps @ 6:15 @ Kenan (meet inside)
Thursday: Suggestions Welcome @ 6:15
Saturday: Trail Run @ 8:30 @ New Hope Overlook – there is also a Little River Couse Preview
Sunday: Easy Trial Run @ 9 @ CHHS

I will be adding these maps to the ‘blazing starts’ page as soon as I have time:

Trail Map:
Meet @ Cole Mill Trail Head:,+Durham,+NC+27705-9275&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x89ace06e4ff7c9bf:0x708af8d20d99927a,6101+Cole+Mill+Rd,+Durham,+NC+27705&gl=us&ei=P8C8ULP3FM6N0QG_1YDwDg&ved=0CFUQ8gEwBw

Trail Map:
Meet @ Reedy Creek section: You get off the exit and take a left and drive to the parking lot. google map:,-78.7502

New Hope
Trial Map:

Meet @ New Hope Overlook,-79.0169: From US 64, turn south on Beaver Creek Road/SR1008 and continue for three miles. Turn right onto Pea Ridge Road and continue for 2.2 miles. Turn right onto W. H. Jones Rd., continue .1 miles to park entrance.

What did I forget?

May the rocks and roots rise up to meet your feet and wind be always blocked by the trees!

Posted December 9, 2012 by yoda in Uncategorized