Thursday, April 09, 2009

A Trail Run on Dirt

I was pleasantly surprised by the trail conditions today near the school today. I had expected maybe about 20-30% snow cover, but it was probably more like 5%. I also expected a lot of mud, and while there were a few good patches of that, it wasn't that bad at all. Felt really, really nice to run on actual dirt again. It's definitely been a long while.

And... the weather was perfect today. Upper 50s and sunny! Awesome spring day. Made running in the woods all the more better. I ran mostly on the old railroad bed, with a few side excursions to explore some new trails. Those resulted in a few bloody scratches, as wanderlust took over on a couple of dead ends, and I wanted to bushwack ahead and check out the views from on top of some of the hills.

However, I didn't feel particularly energetic today. I attribute this solely to a crappy diet the past couple of days (ice cream and cereal was dinner last night). Still, the pace was decent for these trails.

Ran 11.3 miles @ 9:00/mile pace.
AHR/MHR - 138/169
Moderately hilly.
Upper 50s, sunny.
Shorts, short sleeved shirt.


Sparkplug said...

Yeah dirt! :-)

Luc said...

Great Ohio weather as well. It was 45 - 50 and a bit soupy; perfect by my standards. Was able to get the shoes nice and muddy on my favorite trail today.

Damon said...

Ice cream and cereal? My daughter would love that for dinner.

I got my first taste of dirt last weekend, but had to drive to the Blue Hills Reservation to get it. This weekend will be dirt roads before hitting trails again next weekend.