Sunday, May 9, 2010

Tralala Trail Run

I've just returned from, what I think is, my very first trail run. ever. How could I possibly have gone this long in my running journey (freshman year of high school?) and never taken advantage of the trail systems of America? Kind of unbelievable...

I was scouting a possible location for the documentary: Winnekenni Park Conservation Area. It is about 35 minutes North of Boston and on this windy, mid-fifty degree, sunshine filled Mother's Day, Haverhill was the epitome of loveliness. After just a quarter to half mile into the main Dudley Porter Trail (2.5 mi) I was completely turned around and lost in the woods. The trail was decently marked, but still there was a certain amount of gut-sense on where to turn and how to keep the Lake on my left despite the winding and climbing deeper into quiet. The Dudley Porter drops you off near the Community College but since I was going for a loop back to the Jetta I picked up the Merrill Trail for another .8 miles-- this time on more of a single track. Merrill spit me out into a small parking area on Kenoza Road and just to be sure, I confirmed with a helmeted mountain biker that I could follow the road around and get back to where I'd started. He assured me it was so (My confidence in my sense of direction has been greatly diminished by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with their horse-trails-for-roads and same-name-streets..everywhere). Luckily, I found some more trail to take me back into the woods a little, between the lake and the basin and back to the first .4 miles of my journey. Altogether, about a 4 mile jaunt.

Running on trail is obviously so different from road warrior-ing. Not just in scenery and mindset, but muscle groups. All the dodging of protruding rocks and mud slicks gave my lower legs a new work out. Near misses for sprained and twisted ankles and knees. But what better place to get laid up at, right? Well, whew, I did not have any spills but I won't be surprised if there's some aching tomorrow...

Hoping to film a Mt Washington legend here in the solace of 700 acres.

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