Wednesday, January 12, 2011
no baker st, no problem
wednesday 16 miles- me, greg, and goup decided to run the clearing instead of working out at baker st. it turned out to be a great decision and an epic run. this normally takes about 1:35 at a comfortable pace, but its got a lot of climbing so you dont really get too comfortable. today it took 2:04. i think we saw a total of 100 meters of bare pavement. the roads werent plowed that great, and we were slipping quite a bit. on the way up beech hill, we passed a plow truck that was stuck trying to go up the hill. this wasnt just some 4x4 pickup truck either. it was one of the big orange tank things and it was spinning out like an '89 corolla (yes i owned one when i was 19, and it was shitty). i felt like we were badasses as we blew by that truck. theres one section of the run with about a mile on the trails, and the snow was knee deep the whole way. it was awesome out there in the woods. the trees were covered and it just looked so cool. we came back out to the road and some people were outside shoveling and plowing their driveway. a woman asked us if we were crazy. i said 'every day someone tells me im crazy', i think goup said ' yeah we are', but i couldnt really hear him. that was because greg responded to her question with a noise that sounded like a cross between a fire truck with the most sirens ever and an insane patient fighting with the orderlies trying to give an injection because the person threw a shitload of chairs across the rec room. it was weird, but i got a good laugh. then we got to the otter brook dam and the wind was whipping. i wish i couldve gotten a picture of what it looked like because typing about just isnt good enough. ill try anyway. on the side closest to the direction of the wind there was about an inch of snow. the depth of the snow steadily increased across to the furthest part away. the drift was over my head, probably six feet high, and it was like that for almost the entire length of the dam. it might be one those 'you had to be there' kind of things, and im glad i was. we started getting a little cold after that, but the run was almost over so it was fine. we came to goup's road and ran the 30 seconds to his house on bare pavement (that was pretty much the only pavement we saw). the snow made it tough but it was worth it. im not sure if greg or goup thought it was awesome enough to write a novel about, but i did. this was one of the most satisfying runs that ive had in a long time, so i had to go on a rant. this run was a good replacement for not going to baker st, but there is no replacement for armadillos, so we went. it was good.