This morning we went on a trail running date at Sky Meadows State Park. We have hiked this park in the past and have been saying for a while that we wanted to get out and run some of the trails. JD needed some hill running for that upcoming Vail Hill Climb so we headed out early on Saturday morning.
Heather: The clouds were gorgeous and settling right into the valley below the mountains as we got ready to start.
|You can't see the total cuteness as I'm wearing my new Moms Run This Town shirt and JD is wearing his Run With Dad 5K shirt.|
It was about 70 degrees when we headed out at 7:30 am. We had the trails to ourselves for quite a while as the park wasn't officially open so the only ones out there were some folks who had camped overnight.
We were treated to an amazing view at the top.
|Nathan hydration vest rocks!|
We loved our trail choices and really want to explore this section of the trail a lot more. Seeing that it was a little over 50K to Harpers Ferry now has me obsessed with the idea of running the trail from Sky Meadows to Harpers Ferry. This sounds like an awesome section and something that I really want to plan with some awesome trail running friends for next spring. For today, we had to head back towards the North Ridge Trail.
Heather: At this point, we had been running for about an hour so I enforced a fuel break of Honey Stinger Chocolate Waffles.
This section of the trail was pretty much all downhill, but it was also pretty rocky. We were really moving on this section of the trail getting down into the 9 minute/mile range and flying over the rocky terrain. We weren't on North Ridge for long before we hit South Ridge and kept descending, but the descent was leveling out and was now more gradual. We were still moving at a pretty good clip. We finally got down to the bottom of the trail and hit the Snowden Loop. This was a nice shaded one mile loop through the forest. It was fairly flat in the first half, but then it had a gradual climb at the end. There was a ruin of an old house that had been back in that area. We stopped briefly to read the interpretive sign and then moved on.
Heather: I also paused to see a turtle on the trail, but JD kept on running ahead. I don't think he was impressed with my turtle spotting.
We came out of the loop and hit Gap Run Trail which was basically flat and runnable near a nice little stream. It varied between sun and shade, but it wasn't too hot out this morning. Somewhere on Gap Run we came up behind a guy who was hiking. We had been making a lot of noise and talking the whole time that we were behind him so it's not like we were sneaking up on him. When we went to pass him on the left side, he leaped in the air like a startled deer. Some of the hikers out there are a little odd. It got a little confusing at this point because the trail markings were a little unclear, but then we saw the entrance to the park and the sign for Woodpecker Lane so we started back on Woodpecker Lane towards the Visitor Center parking lot.
|Elevation for first 7 miles of the run|
Heather: I have been using a new hair tie that I want to review because I'm so in love with it. It's from Run Pretty Far. They are pretty colors of ribbon with the Run Pretty Far slogan in cursive on them. The ribbon is stretchy and velvet backed so it doesn't slip and holds the ponytail perfectly in place without tearing or creasing the hair like a elastic band does. It is also not too tight and very comfortable to wear for long periods of time plus they look a lot cuter than elastic bands. The best part is that they are only $5 for a set of 5 ties.