Trail Run on the Coulee
February 13, 2012
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After not being able to run on Saturday with the other monkeys (Graham, sick, asked very sweetly to play with blocks with him and I couldn’t say no), I made it a mission to get out for a trail run on Sunday. I know the monkeys went down and up the same trail, but I just decided to make a loop out of it from my house. The weather was fantastic, at about 0 degrees, still cold enough that the creek was frozen enough to run on.
I decided to take out my Salomon trail runners as opposed to the regular Brooks running shoes. They were awesome on the trail, but the second half of my loop was on pavement and they were really not good for that. I ended up with sore knees and feet by the time I got home. I know part of that might be my gait, and I continue to try to work on that. I also used Yaktrax on this run, which made it much easier to keep my feet on the trail. Still, I was surprised how much sliding out I still did on some of the really side-cut parts of the trail; definitely not safe to ride a couple parts of this right now!
Here is the loop and the run profile. It ended up being 78ish meters of climbing over what looks like about 2km, based on the proportion of the loop that was in the ravine. I was too lazy to just measure the distance in the GPS software. I loved running the coulee, but the loop back through my neighborhood was so boring. I have a nice running loop through Silver Springs that is somehow much more satisfying. I don’t know what it is about running around Scenic Acres, but it just sucks the will to live right out of me. I digress, the loop:
Loop on the map, 7.2km
Video after the break.
I also decided to GoPro it to prove to everyone that I got off my lazy butt and went running on my own again. Also, it’s interesting to see what routes look like from the runner’s perspective instead of just riding, which is what I mostly use the GoPro for. Two notes about this video:
- I apologize for the seizure-inducing fast-forward sessions. Apparently I need to be smoother on the run.
- The music cuts out for a bit, Premiere elements occasionally mis-reads the lengths of songs that I stick in soundtracks. I might try to fix this, but I’m lazy.