Saturday, March 14, 2009

20 Miles in the Valley

This morning I met Greg Murray and Dan Kuzma at the Boston Store in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park @ 8am. The temperature at the start of our run was in the mid 20's but today's high was supposed to get up to around 50 with sunny skies.

We started off by running to Snowville Rd. and back, which is 10 miles roundtrip. Luckily the night was cold enough to freeze most of the mud on the trail, but it left a lot of frozen ruts that were tough to navigate. This took a toll on everyone's hips and knees and then as the day went on we began slipping and sliding in the mud as temps warmed up.

Me, Greg and Dan

Once we got back to the Boston Store we then did the 8 mile Pine Lane loop. Just before the stream crossing Greg had to turn back a little early since he had things to do today but Dan and I continued together. On our way to the Pine Lane parking lot we saw a couple interesting things....

An ironcicle

This section of trail after the broken log crossing must have collapsed after a tree fell over

After getting in 18 miles Dan and I then walked 2 miles on the Towpath to stretch out our legs. I felt good after the run and am looking forward to getting in more miles tomorrow.

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