running (Trail) 1:06:00  5.6 mi (11:47 / mi)
Well, I found the marshy, nearly undistinguishable part of the pepperbush trail I remembered. The first couple miles weren't bad (just wet and a touch overgrown in areas), and a fair bit was on some fairly nice dirt roads/wide trails, but then as I got close to the radar farm, I had to slow to a near walk for about a mile as I was afraid of missing the trail. The flashes on this part of the trail haven't been re-done in years, either, and are a very faded red (unlike the newer green or yellow on the other half of the trail). I think someone told me once that the area southeast of Priester Rd doesn't allow hunting, which might be why those trails aren't maintained as well. Still, it was a nice ~5 mile loop, and with a few more dry-ish days, it wouldn't be too bad. I think I might have another month or two where this trail is usable before it gets gross and too full of ticks to be enjoyable. Need to wear more aggressive trail shoes or o-shoes next time I run this section. Also I only planned to be out 40 or so minutes, so I was late to pick up Katherine, which meant I had to deal with a near melt-down as she wanted late snack at day care- "pish and apple cough" (goldfish and applesauce). I distracted her by promising real fish and bok choy at home for dinner, which worked, and reminded me once again that I am lucky to have such a non-picky eater. Also she ate almost as much dinner as I did. I don't have the faintest idea where she puts all that food.