It’s crazy mild and foggy here today. I couldn’t wait to get out on the trails!
I chose Flat Rock trail today because it had been a few months since I’ve run there. Plus, with 2,000 feet of elevation gain in one round trip (about 5 miles), it makes for a perfect place to train for Cayuga. Today I planned to make two round trips without stopping at my car for anything and that’s what I did.
There was only one car in the parking lot when I started. I decided on a light Nike long sleeve, capris, and a hat. The trails were really wet from the rain this past week, and it was kind of misting when I started, but with temps in the mid 40’s, I knew it was going to be a great run.
This trail is very rocky in areas (which I love). It’s so peaceful and gorgeous here wether this sun is shining or not.
There was a group of 4 enjoying the overlook when I got their, along with their adorable chocolate lab puppy. We talked for a few minutes. They asked if I ran up there and I said I ran and power hiked. It took them almost 2 hours to make the hike and they asked me how long it took me. My Garmin said 38 minutes.
On the way down the mountain I ran conservatively since the rocks and leaves were so wet. I passed an older gentlemen in a blue track suit carrying hiking poles. We said hi and I kept running. 24 minutes down to the parking lot. I turned around and started right back up again. Somewhere half way up I passed Mr. Blue again on a steep climb and stopped to talk. He couldn’t believe I was going up again. He asked what I was training for and said I was one tough girl. We talked about the local trails and then when we started off on our way again he said “Keep on a Runnin”. Those are words to live by for sure!
When I reached the parking lot again I continued on a side trail that meanders around a lake and along a creek, for an extra mile. I guess I did somewhere around 9-11 miles. The trail sign mileage did not match my Garmin so I’m not totally sure.
I was happy to see my Nuun order sitting at the front door when I got home. I had used my last tablet for this run and will need these tomorrow for another long run. I haven’t tried the Energy or Vitamins yet and am excited to test them out. I did have some tropical Nuun to rehydrate after the run and it was really yummy. The perfect balance of electrolytes make such a difference in my running!
Well time for the last home wrestling match to begin. Good luck Bulldogs!