Monday, August 20, 2012
I had an appointment 30 miles from my house. While mapping how to get there, I noticed a huge green space around the interstate in the middle of my route. Turned out that is a state park with many hiking and mountain biking trails through hills and around reservoirs. I decided to run there after my appointment.
Middlesex Fells Reservation--Reservoir Trail
What a great trail run! The weather was in the low 70s and beautiful. The trail was in the shade for the entire 5.5 miles. I got turned around a couple of times so ended up doing 10k in the woods and rocky trails. 10K is my longest running distance, so this was no insignificant workout to me. The trail was less smooth than other woods trails I've experienced, so I wasn't able to run as much as I'd planned and took 45 minutes longer than planned. I did enjoy the hiking. I grew up near mountains in Oklahoma and often hiked with my family or with Girl Scouts. This reminded me a lot of those pleasant memories. I loved finding the trail blazes on the trees to find my way (there were not strictly defined trails on the ground in all areas). With the nice weather, I didn't desire a water fountain, but if the weather was warmer, I would advise bringing a water bottle as there were no drinking fountains along the trails. Thankfully I had packed two very cold bottles in the car for drinking after my run/hike. Overall, it was a great experience!