Last night, nine trail runners showed up to run on the muddy trails (with melting snow here and there) at Shawnee Mission Park. The wind was blowing, it was 37F, and it had started raining when we got going at 7:15 or so. I led the group for the whole run.
We had one newby and one getting-back-into-shape regular, so I took it fairly easy on the first 5-mile loop. Those two didn't elect to run the second loop, so I picked the pace up to 1-min/mile faster. We couldn't run much faster than that, because it had started raining really hard for the 2nd loop. With the rain, the "mud frosting" on our "trail cake" became really slick, and the rocks here and there were like greased teflon to run on with our mud and snow-coated treads. It required a lot of concentration to run fast, and every now and then an assist from pushing or bouncing-off a tree on the corners.
WHAT A FUN TRAIL RUN! This is the kind of stuff that Kyle Amos and I love to run on. (Yeah, we're weird).
5 weeks ago