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Hogs and Trails

Posted July 23rd, 2011 at 10:25 AM by Black Spurs

I have been meaning to head up to the north end of the parish for awhile for a trail run, and I finally got up there this morning. I never heard my alarm, but I awoke from a dream where I had stolen a bicycle from a kid and was riding up a trail when I ran into some cyclists from NOLA. Suddenly, we were in the middle of Myan ruins, and I awoke. I don't know...

Anyway, I got all my gear together, had some Nutella and peanut butter on wheat toast with a glass of ice water, and I was off to the swampy trails along the Tickfaw River, the northern end of the Tickfaw. It was still dark when I stepped off and covered the 2 miles or so down to the river at an easy pace. I ran through areas where we have killed turkeys, deer, snakes, bobcats, and various other critters over the years. As I made the turn off the powerline, I thought I saw something waaaayyyyy down the line and figured I would check it out when I got back. It was still barely getting gray and thought it may not be anything at all.

I dodged a couple of big spider webs and made the turnaround. When I arrived back at the powerline, I saw a huge boar hog, probably 300 lbs. I ran towards him down in the bottom. I got about a 100 or so yards from him and made a grunt. He took off into the woods. I crossed the creek and headed to the island, took a pit stop for water and a leak and back out I came. I made the loop back out to where I had seen the hog and headed to what I expected to be my favorite part of the trail. I was not disappointed.

I ran into a few unrunnable sections, but they were short. Most of it was fast. It makes a big loop through the northern part of the property, and the back side is flat and fast. I was moving well through the back side of the loop and finally got back to the main trail. I hit a pretty gnarly hill through some older pines and was on the home stretch. I pushed the last 2 to 3 miles pretty hard. I guess it was between 8.5 and 9 miles total. I figured about a net of a 9 minute pace when the pit stop and two short unrunnable sections get factored in to the equation. It was the perfect distance for me to run this morning. This month has been pretty good for getting some longer runs in on the trails. I am trying to keep all road/pavement running to something under 10 miles and all trails with nothing less than 8, so far, so good. No injuries at this point. I think I'll do a 28 miler next Saturday morning, so the rest of this week will be lower mileage runs through Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will be off days this week.
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