Saturday, December 04, 2010

An Adventurous Run Beyond Bradbury Mountain

Ian led Emma, Erik, David and I to explore some of the trails that will eventually connect Bradbury Mountain State Park with Pineland Farms.

This was a lot of fun, mainly because the terrain was really rugged. We were bushwacking at times and had to cross two rivers, the second of which was waist deep and pretty darn cold. And many of the trails we were on haven't seen much traffic. Throw in constant steep hills and you have a recipe for big fun.

Second river crossing, photo stolen from Ian. 

I must admit, I almost checked in my man card and didn't cross the second river. Wasn't so much the cold, but more that it looked sketchy. However, Ian and Eric made it look easy and when I saw Dave was going to do it, well... peer pressure. Turned out it was pretty safe, just flippin' freezing!

Had a lot of fun today. The more adventurous runs like this are always a blast. Big thanks to Ian for leading us on a fun day.

Climbing the hills on the powerline. Photo also stolen from Ian. 

Afterwards, we headed over to Stephen's to watch the Western States 100 lottery drawing. Stephen, Ian and James had their hats thrown in, but unfortunately, none of them got picked. Bit of a damper after a fun morning, but so be it.

Ran 8.9 miles @ 11:00/mile pace
AHR/MHR - 130/156
Rugged trails.
Extremely hilly.
Upper 20s to mid 30s, partly cloudy.
Adidas Adizero XT, long pants, windbreaker, short sleeved shirt, beanie, gloves.

2 comments:

RICK'S RUNNING said...

Wow1 sounds like FUN!
I Led a group run on Saturday, good times had by all but no river crossings for us, just a little ice under the puddles :]

vja said...

Very cool!