Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Trails Less Taken

Short but somewhat intense trail run in the woods out back this morning. Stuck mostly to single track and a large section of trails now closed to ATV traffic. That means nobody else takes them, given most folks around here don't go into the woods unless they're on something with a motor. Yeehaw.

Very enjoyable run. Legs feel great; it's as if the 12-mile run yesterday never happened. Very good signs being not even two weeks out from Boston. Pace was actually a moderate effort, given all of the mud, hills, blowdowns, puddles and all sorts of other technical woods goodness. Heaven.

At one point, heard a loud clammer in the woods. Only something big could have caused it. Doubt it was a deer, as they are generally very graceful and quiet. Moose? Bear? Woods Out Back Hermit? Surprised I couldn't see it, given there's no foliage yet, but the vicinity did have hills and large rocks whatever it was could have quickly disappeared behind.

Ordered new trail shoes. Saucony Kinvara TR. I had been eyeballing them, especially since there's a big sale on them on Ian commented yesterday that he was looking at a pair and he was impressed, so with that I decided to buy them. Only reservation is that the tread isn't very agressive, but that was also the case with my soon-to-be retired New Balance MT110 (589 miles) and they served me very well, so hopefully the same with these guys.

Ran 3.5 miles @ 9:41/mile pace.
Technical trails.
Very hilly.
Upper 50s to lower 60s, sunny.
New Balance MT110, shorts, short sleeved shirt.

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