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Training Log Archive: Fanatic

In the 7 days ending Sep 17, 2017:

activity # timemileskm+ft
  Hiking2 4:55:36 11.08(26:41) 17.83(16:35) 1811
  Trail Running2 2:26:24 16.15(9:04) 25.99(5:38) 2816
  Total4 7:22:00 27.23(16:14) 43.82(10:05) 4627

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Sunday Sep 17, 2017 #

Hiking (and trail work) 3:05:00 [3] 5.58 mi (33:09 / mi) +1004ft 28:20 / mi

Drove to Monroe Road in Florida, to do some trail work on the trail leading to the summit of Spruce Mountain. I only carried a small hatchet, which wasn't the only tool that I could have used--a lopper would have been quite useful, too.

I must say this was considerably harder than I expected it to be--must be my weak upper body. I did manage to move some old blowdowns off the trail, with no cutting needed. There's only one little job to be done, in terms of clearing--a large tree has fallen across the trail about a half-mile from the start. Ideally it would be sawed up and moved away, but I'm not sure the state has anyone doing that at the moment. I may just get in there and lop off the small branches that make it difficult to crawl under the big trunk section--even that would be a nice improvement.

Saturday Sep 16, 2017 #

Trail Running 1:50 [3] 6.0 mi (18 / mi) +700ft 17 / mi

Since I was headed to Mt. Holyoke College, I had some time to do a trail run starting from the Notch. Basically, I hiked the steep climb up Mt. Norwottuck (did I really run this when younger), and then ran the flats and easier hills. Many more bike trails than there used to be, but I still recognized many of the old trails.

Wednesday Sep 13, 2017 #

Trail Running 2:24:34 [3] 10.15 mi (14:15 / mi) +2116ft 11:54 / mi

Another outing on the Monroe Dunbar Brook Trail race route. My goal was to get to the top of Spruce Mountain a bit faster than the first time, when I pretty much walked almost all the hills. I did get up five minutes faster than previous time, but still ended up walking a lot of the climb up Spruce. On the downhills I tried to run quickly, but not flat out. Net result was an improvement of about three minutes.

Some signs of early leaves hitting the ground--that only makes the race a fair bit harder. :-(

Monday Sep 11, 2017 #

Hiking 1:50:36 [3] 5.5 mi (20:07 / mi) +807ft 17:39 / mi

Hiking on the bike trails south of Reservoir Road in Lenox. Met only one person, a mountain biker, and much to my surprise it was someone I know--Brad Herder, who created many of the bike trails in PSF, including two that I love--the Turner Trail and the Honolulu Trail. Alas, I was heading downhill and he was going the other way, so no time to chat.

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