Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Trials of Trails

Today was a challenging but fun trail run with Gregg out on the Superior Hiking Trail.  Gregg and I started at Magney Snively and headed west for a little over an hour before turning back and heading home.  The trails were in great shape, but as anyone who has ran on the SHT knows, there are some very challenging sections and as we approached Ely's Peak, we were in one of those challenging sections.

Steep ups and downs with continuous rocks to watch for and tip toe around makes for some very difficult running, especially on the downhills where it becomes important to control your speed as those jagged rocks, like teeth, lie waiting to take a bite out of your feet and ankles.

Gregg headed home after 2 hours but I was planning on going farther, so I took off again from Magney to try to add on some more miles.  Yeah, that didn't really happen.  I was pretty drained from the hills and more or less running on empty anyway, so I called it a day soon after.  Even though we weren't running very hard, it was a real effort and that will be some great training ground for Voyageur and other races, but not every week.

So upon coming home, after a nice, warm shower, I discovered one of the great post run recovery foods; a Cadbury Creme Egg.  It was delicious!

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