Back On The Trails

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It was felt so good to get back out on the trails at the weekend. It was my first time trail running since RAD in early December. It is also the first time I have ran the trails (bar the fire roads) over at Umstead State Park.

Saturday was such a beautiful day. The sun was shining, not a cloud in the sky. The temperature was right around 60°F. Perfect running weather.

Only I didn’t run on Saturday, oh no! I ran on Sunday morning in the rain instead! At least it was still 50°F.

Normally I’d be at church on Sunday morning with my family, but Fleet Feet in Morrisville were hosting a trail run, and I couldn’t resist.

At 8am, I met up with Niles and Shravan from our Morrisville Run Club and a few other runners we hadn’t met before to briefly discuss the route.

It had rained all night and did not stop at all on Sunday, and while the ground was saturated it failed to dampen the experience!

There was something soothing about running through the trees, hearing the patter of rain on the leaves above. As I ran, I couldn’t help compare the terrain with Eno State Park with which I’m more familiar.

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We ran the Loblolly trail for six miles, out and back. Compared to the Eno there was way less trip hazards. But the hills! They surprised me a bit.

It’s always fun to have a creek crossing or two, and Umstead did not disappoint.

We convinced Niles the creek was 3ft deep and we’d have to wade across when in reality there was stepping stones. 🙂

On the way back however, the rain had pushed the level of water up over some of the stepping stones and I managed to get a good soaking!

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My Hoka One One Challengers performed well on the slippy, muddy trail. There were a few wet rocks where I lost a bit of traction, but for the most part they were excellent.

We will definitely be back to Umstead.

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Training for Race Across Durham

Eno River State Park is an amazing place. I’ve being doing quite a bit of running there to prep for Race Across Durham. The scenery is beautiful, and it feels so remote. The trail is both challenging and rewarding and full of wildlife. The race is only a couple of weeks away now, but I think I will definitely keep running here throughout the year ahead.

 

Race Across Durham

I just signed up for Race Across Durham (10 miles) trail race! It’s scheduled for December 3rd, 2017 at 9am, so it should be nice and cool and have no nasty black flies, right?

It winds along the Eno river in Durham, starting at West Point on the Eno park to Eno River Rock Quarry.

I’ve been running some trails recently, but this is the first trail race I will participate in. I’m pretty excited about it.

You can check out the route here. Strava calculates it as 8.4 miles and estimates I’ll take 1hr43m to run it! 🙂

I did just notice it’s up hill the whole way! Great!

Reedy Creek Trail Head to NC Museum of Art

I get so excited when I find out about new running routes. Anyone else?! I map them out on Strava and then plan how to work them in to my schedule. I’ve decided I’m going to start sharing these routes on my blog.

This is one of the latest routes I’ve been looking at (I have not ran it yet). It’s just under 8mi (one way) and starts at the new Reedy Creek Trail Head parking lot (off Weston Parkway on Winstead Dr). Most of the route lies inside Umstead Park, with a couple of miles on sidewalk, before arriving at the NC Museum of Art.

Liz and I checked checked out the trail head parking lot at the weekend, so now it’s just a matter of getting a group together and setting aside some time to run it! I’ll be sure to post an update when I do.

New Shoes!

I ran 7 miles this morning in my new Clifton 3’s.

I was trying to hold out for the new Hoka One One Clifton 4’s (due early Summer), but my knees were starting to give me some grief over the last week or so. Fortunately, the Clifton 3’s, which I was currently running in, have dropped in price. So, since I knew the exact size I needed, I picked up a new pair at Amazon for under $100.

It’s a great shoe, and my “old” pair lasted me around 450 miles (since January) – for comparison, I changed my Brooks Launch at 380 miles. I’ll look at the Clifton 4’s again in a few months. They have apparently made them more durable without sacrificing the cushioning.

My old Clifton 3’s will not get to rest just yet — I’ll keep them handy for running in the rain, muddy trails, etc.

How often do you retire your shoes?