|Bob Ayers, Nick Yardley, Serena Wilcox, Todd Archambault, Nate Sanel, Joyce Holsten, & Jack Pilla|
The pack formed and again I was the pace setter. I settle into a comfortable pace as I enjoyed that we were now being treated to some sweet downhill running after a few miles of climbing. After about 4 miles of total running we arrived at the Mansfield Lake Trout Club, which is rather exclusive.
From the Trout Club we showed our leg speed as we did some dirt road running before connecting with the Catamount Trail. We followed the Catamount Trail to the Trapp Family Lodge network of trails where we typically stop, use the restrooms and top our packs off with water. To our surprise the building was locked, although a gentleman was there to greet us and inform us that we were not to be using the trails. After I had a discussion with the employee and wowed him with my knowledge of the trail network along with rules and regulations (I will spare you all the details) we bypassed the man using the public road and then regained access to our route further down the way.
|Joyce & Serena Looking Strong|
We all worked to devise a plan of attack as we enjoyed our snacks in the sun. We decided to stick together and make our way to the chin and back before heading back down the mountain on the Underhill side. Before we take off we are joined by Joyce's husband Scott. At this point in the day the parking lot that we are sitting on the edge of us full and people are wondering in every direction. We know that the chin will be a busy place, but with a beautiful day such as this we cannot pass up the opportunity to do a little more climbing and a little more sight seeing. The rocks on the trip over would be rather dry in comparison to many other days so we knew we could make quick work of the trip for a few more vertical feet and more expansive views.
I always love and hate these sections. They are great because they make me slow down focus and take in the scenery around me, but at the same time I still want to be turning my legs over and making solid progress. It is all part of New England mountain running, especially on the long trail.
|An Interesting Section Coming Down Long Trail|
|Reminds Me Of the Game "Shoots & Ladders|
All said and done a great day to be out running with a good group of ultra runners. This was by far the largest group of runners I have set out on for a training run on trails with and it worked better than I had anticipated. We all left our ultra competitive egos out on the trail on Thursday night (Jack, Todd, Bob and Serena you know what I am talking about) and enjoyed the sights, sounds and countless miles of trail together.