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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Salt Fork Orange Bridle Loop Run

I spent the morning with the hubby running errands in town, and when I dropped him off to pick up the fixed vehicle, I peeled off to head for Salt Fork.  I only had an eight mile run to do, but I had been jonesing for trail time for a week.

I knew the trails would be a mess, with the rising temperatures.  I decided to hit a trail I have not been on in two years, the orange bridle trail loop.  The park had "improved" the trail which meant taking a bulldozer to some of it.  So it wasn't very runner friendly in the past.

 And it started out being not so runner friendly in the beginning either. The first two miles, the trail was overgrown with brambles and some sections of multiflora rose.  In case you don't know what this is:

Multiflora rose is extremely prolific and can form impenetrable thickets that exclude native plant species. This exotic rose readily invades open woodlands, forest edges, successional fields, savannas and prairies that have been subjected to land disturbance. 

Try running through it.  Or check out my picture from two years earlier:



Well, at least today I have long sleeves and tights on.


 I finally get through the first two miles-in 40 minutes and the trail seems to resume being maintained.  All the uphills are sloppy slick, so it's slow going.

 It's still nice time out in the woods.  Good time on my feet, and good training on the legs on the uneven, unbalanced surface.


A pretty nice gift of the day with no wind, blue skies, and temperatures in the high forties! I will take that for February!


1 comment:

  1. Wow, the leg pic is crazy. I thought I had it bad last summer. Now, not so much. I can feel the burn just looking at! Ouch.
    Happy running,
    vttrailgirl

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