trail running 1:00:14  6.3 mi (9:34 / mi)
max:178 weight:157lbs shoes: Starter Carson 2
Miami University Natural Areas. 2 times around Pine and East loops, then another circuit of Pine with just a little extra. I haven't run at MUNA for several months because of the embargo preceeding the ARDF Champs and it was nice to get back out there.
The trails were a bit more over-hung with honeysuckle and low branches than usual. One short segment showed a little evidence of recent trimming, but just baby-trimming of the corridor. They probably have some new student workers who need to learn that overgrowing branches, especially invasives like honeysuckle and autumn olive need to be drasdtically cut, way back from the trail, so that the trail will stay clear for a season of rapid growth. Just trimming the new growth that actually hangs in the trail lasts about as long as mowing a lawn. They also need to learn the principle of clearing a full arm length extended overhead. This time of year, as branches get heavier with leaf, they rapidly droop into the trail creating annoying face-high obstacles. Especially when that is the thorny bleeping autumn olive. I'll have to ask Jim if his budget has been cut or if he just has new student workers who need some training.