A weird weather front moved in, so was unseasonably warm and humid, last night. We started after sundown at 7 p.m. in SM Park. The trail conditions were perfect; the soil was just moist enough to be tacky without being slick. Nine Trail Nerds showed up. We ran the first 4.6-mile loop in 40 minutes. A couple of runners left after the first loop. I led the first part of the 2nd loop (in the opposite direction) slowly, and then picked up the pace for the last 2/3 of the loop. We ended up with a 34:18 2nd loop!
It always feels great to hit the trails hard and fast (at night). Luckily, I get to do trail-tempo-runs 2 nights per week! Most of the other runners in the group that I run with are 15 to 20 years younger than me, so it keeps me sharp. My speed and technical abilities are increasing with age. That's a good thing!
5 weeks ago