Our goal was 6 miles; we planned to combine different trails to make up the distance.
Hiking Trail Hieroglyphics:
A single blaze on a trail this indicates that the trail generally goes straight ahead.
For trail novices like me, when two blazes are painted together, one above the other, a turn or bend in the trail is indicated. The upper blaze will be offset to (not directly above) the lower blaze. Here, the yellow trail heads right.
Decision-time! Glenn did all the trail-marker decifering. We stopped quite a bit to read the map (each of us carried a map, and mine only came in handy when Glenn lost his toward the end of the run).
Along the trail...
A little after 2 miles, we found ourselves back at the parking lot and started on a new trail.
3 blazes indicate the beginning of a trail.
Animal-tracks (a dog's paw-prints?), where we crossed to the other side of Blue BrookLake Surprise (not tempted to jump in for a swim!). We ran sections of the Bridle trail, alongside the lake.
We had to watch our step. Most of the trail was rocky. We walked at the most rocky and steep portions.
We encountered a few small hills. Glenn, an advocate of "goal-running" (I'll let him explain) pushed me up one hill, by sprinting me to the next trail marker. Whew! Glenn, you know I mean this in the nicest possible way...you are a slave-driver. We finished by racing each other to our cars, gasping and out of breath. We completed 6.8 miles in total.
We then sat on the grass by the parking lot, munching on post-run fruit and granola bars, chatting about...what else...running...and planning the next trail run.
Next Sunday is the NYC Half Marathon, so this week's been a sort of semi-taper.
Monday: core work
Tuesday: 8 miles + spinning + BodyWorks
Wednesday: 6 miles
Friday: 10 miles
Saturday: 6.8 mile trail run
Sunday: core work
Total: 30.8 miles