Last night, 10 Trail Nerds showed up to run in the woods at SM Park. Some of the new trails are finally open, and it makes for some great trail loops.
I led the group and was looking-out for snakes, because our last 2 Tuesday night runs here yielded Copperhead sightings. We did the first 4.7-mile loop in 45 minutes. (We had a newbie with us that has poor night vision, and we ran to her pace). On the 2nd loop, we hit it hard from the get-go. We were really cruising...we finished it in 35 minutes! That's at least 2-minutes per mile faster.
It's amazing to me how much your "proprioception" develops from running after-dark on trails. You can read about it in this great article.
Caleb and Kyle had run at least one loop before we started. They are in great shape. Kyle will be running a 50-miler with me on May 27th, and should do very well. Caleb is just darn fast. Caleb proved this recently on two pavement runs: he won the hilly Corporate Challenge 5K last Saturday in 16:37, and he also won the Heart & Sole 10K on the previous weekend in 34:11.