|Post run selfie at the trail head|
Today’s run (Stillwell Woods): 4 miles
Yesterday’s run (street): 3.2 miles
It’s been a long fun day that started with an excellent run on the trails at Stillwell Woods with running buddy SIOR. This was one of Life Time Athletic’s bi-weekly meet-ups, and we waited at the trail head for others to show. Unfortunately, people seem to have trouble getting up and out on a Saturday morning. After giving it a reasonable amount of time, we decided to head into the woods on our own.
SIOR had never run at Stillwell, so it was up to me to play guide. That’s easier to do as a leader, rather than a follower, but we worked it out. I warned her about the mountain bikers who go full tilt and come up fast from behind and pointed out certain sections of trail that harbored hard to see roots. For someone who runs primarily on pavement, SIOR proved quick and nimble on the trails.
|Action selfie courtesy of SIOR|
We followed my usual loop that’s less technical than other sections at Stillwell. This two mile route is mostly packed dirt, but it does have a few challenging features. We moved along from trail to trail and SIOR would wait for me to catch up at crossroad points. We had different interpretations of what constitutes left, right or straight when I called out directions.
After we completed our initial loop, we took a different route on a southern trail that brought us up to a steep, scree covered hill. SIOR scaled it as if flat and I scaled as if walking. I had a tough time with the humidity and pollen and took a few short breaks when I caught up with SIOR each time she waited for me. Despite our different running speeds. we managed well and I throughly enjoyed the run.
I think SIOR really liked the change of pace of trail running and I was very happy to be able to show her Stillwell’s charms. We decided we’ll do the next Runsketeer event there and (possibly) cover some of its more challenging sections.
The rest of the day was focused on my daughter’s high school graduation party with her friends, along with an end-of-school year festival at the high school. This morning’s run was a great start to a long and fun day. I really recommend that people take advantage of these Life Time runs. There aren’t many opportunities to run with a certified running trainer, and it’s free!