Sunday, September 09, 2007

Trails and Deer

Today was one of those runs where with every step it just feels good to be out there. I suspect a return to more seasonable temperatures had a lot to do with that, as a cold front has stalled and is bringing cooler air and much needed rain along with it.

The trails weren't as muddy as I thought they'd be, which is a good thing. Bugs were also non-existent. Ran my usual route up to the lake where I stopped to enjoy the views for several minutes. The fallen tree over the water I normally walk out on was wet and slippery, so I didn't chance it. Still was able to spot a green frog and an unidentified hawk of some kind flying over the water way on the other side of the lake.

I ran up the ridge and back down, and on the way back, decided to take an extended route that goes through a bog and past a pond I sometimes fish at. At the edge of the bog, I spooked two deer (both does). Through the brush, I could see they were frozen, waiting for my next move. My attempts at a bleat call yielded nothing, and I moved on and so did they. A few feet later I had a clear view across the bog, and I watched them quickly bound away through the swamp, taking giant leaps over the vegetation.

I reached the fishing pond, and noted the den I had seen a beaver building earlier this summer looked abandoned. I stopped to see if I could see any signs of him, but no such luck. It's a big pond though, perhaps he went else where.

From the pond, it was just about a third of a mile back to my house. Finished the run feeling strong. Very good run overall. Felt effortless and pace was quick for these trails.

Ran 8.0 miles @ 8:26/mile pace.
AHR/MHR - 146/162
Trails, fire roads.
Very hilly.
60 degrees, overcast, damp.

1 comment:

Blaine Moore said...

I went trail running this morning too, but I got absolutely poured on for the first 30 minutes. The next four hours were relatively dry though.

Cool woodpecker. I'm not sure what kind they were, but there were two different types of woodpecker at my in-law's cabin the last time I was up there. They were pretty cool.

I bet that the woodpecker wasn't eagle sized, though; those birds are big! My folks have two families of them on their pond, and during the winter they'll come down and get the pickeral we toss out on the ice. One of them is at least 4.5 to 5 feet tall when it stands on the ice.