This is a view of the road that leads
to the entrance of the preserve.
It's about a mile to the entrance.
This is the beginning of the trail.
Not far into the trail I had the pleasure of this view.
Beautiful and humbling!
This section was very secluded
and it still looks like fall. It
was almost like running through
This is a small stream that I crossed.
Once I got close to the stream I
saw 7-8 deer running away.
They were all in the open area
in front of the trees ahead.
Once I crossed the stream and
made it up into the clearing, this
is the path I climbed.
Here is a look back to the clearing from the hill.
I followed the trail for about 2.5 miles
before I turned around and headed back.
Coming down the last road to our home
this was the view that I was rewarded with.
The sky was beautiful!
Since this blog is about running....
I ended finished the run with 13.1 miles at just over a 10 minute pace. Not bad in my opinion for walking up the hills and slugging through a couple muddy streams.
A couple of training notes:
- Nutrition - I had a 20oz bottle of Gatorade and two gels with me. I drank most of the Gatorade and had one gel at about 1 hour into the run. At 1:43 I remember getting a little light headed (low blood sugar), so I took the second gel and felt better soon after.
- Run / Walk combo - Once I got over the mental hurdle of what it was doing to my pace, I began to enjoy this. It was really easy on my body, I was not sore or wiped out after this run or even the next day. I felt like I could have gone another 13 if I had the time and the food to do so.
- Trail Running - I love the variety and softness of the trail! It is much easier on my body than running on the road. Even after 13+ miles my plantar faciitis was very minimal.
I hope you learned something and enjoyed the pictures!