11:00 AM In preperation for The Bluff 50K, I went for an awesome three hour run in the Meshomasic forest toady. Exploring dry stream beds and various trails. Ran quite a bit on the Shenipsit blue blaze trail also, and followed it out to route 2 and back. Only twisted ankle 1 time. Did not have GPS so the distance is estimated, but I was able to get going on some of the flatter areas. All of this running in the forest is allowing me to get to know it a bit better. But to make sure I don't get to lost, I always draw arrows on the trails pointing the way home. This trail running stuff is awesome.
In addition to training my legs to run up hills, I feel like I am programming my brain to handle the rough terrain. It reminds me of mountain biking or mogul skiing, as it is important to pick your fall line. I am noticing that I am getting better at it. The brain is an amazing thing. After I get warmed up, it seems that I just focus 15 feet ahead and my brain figures out where to step without me having to look down anymore for foot placement. Kind of like a horse does, except they have to deal with placing 4 feet on the ground. I guess horses are pretty smart in that way.