Thanks to all of you for coming out last Tuesday. It was an amazing
turnout (around 70) and I'm glad everyone stuck together in their
waves and got back to their vehicles as planned.
I'm always eager for feedback and have received some from several of
I know that many of you noticed that towards the end of our run it was
growing dark. At first you may have thought that it was getting late.
Did you notice the winds increasing high in the trees? Yes, an
approaching thunderstorm in the forest can decrease visibility
somewhat. I hope you all enjoyed the heavy rains as much as I did! I
was impressed - no one freaked out and there was a lot of puddle
splashing going on. GOOD!
Also, you may have felt some soreness in places you don't after your
"normal" road runs? If so, it's because the trails do strengthen
muscles a bit differently than you're used too - legs, ankles, core,
lower back. Some of you remarked after the 3 mile wave that you felt
you had run longer. Well, keep in mind that we stopped several times,
we did a little bit of walking to regroup and that trail running is
generally slower than road. But, it also requires greater effort.
So, that may have "only" been 3 or 5 miles, but the effort required to
do it was about 15% more than your typical 3 to 5 mile road run.
That's not a bad combination: forest, thunderstorm, company and
safety, and greater overall workout.
We're laying out the course for next Tuesday's run and will have
details on the site by Monday evening. Also, we'll have a speaker
lined up for you.
Thanks from coming out!
PS: I've still got some Open Eye Cafe coffee coupons and will have
them on hand Tuesday.