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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Approach to Running and Training

Passed on from the legendary ultra runner, Gordon Ainsleigh...

Gordon Ainsleigh, "Jody Braninburg posed a question about other runners' approach to running and training. John Tatton's response was so good, I wanted to share it." 

"I once religiously trained for every distance. These days my base is sufficient that I honestly believe (and have proven) that I can roll out of bed and complete any distance. I frankly find training annoying, it gets in the way of my run... I love to run, mostly to have time with myself and enjoy the beauty that surrounds me here in Alberta. I suppose the benefit of training is to improve your results. That said, I am a middle of the pack finisher and that's okay with me. There aren't any million dollar checks waiting for this 50 year old runner at the finish line no matter where I finish. So I may as well enjoy the activity, enjoy the events and benefit from all the positives that come from running without worrying about how many hills I ran yesterday or how many fartleks I've done (wink emoticon). I run10km a day, often times more on the weekends, I'm happy and in great shape. I have the freedom to say yes anytime someone asks me if I want to do something: hike, climb a mountain, run a marathon. That's what I equate running to: freedom; not 1st, 2nd or 3rd." -John Tatton

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Lunch Rocks Trail

This was a fun run we did several weeks ago on the Mountains-to-Sea Trail (MST) from the Folk Art Center to a beautiful view of the Haw Creek Valley at Lunch Rocks. 

We followed the white circle of the MST which goes in front of the building and stayed on the trail for approximately 2.4 miles until we reached a tree on the right side of the trail that had a red dot along with a white circle. Here we went left and down to Lunch Rocks/Haw Creek Overlook. 

Before we knew it, we were on a large rock outcropping surrounded by pitch pines looking west on the Haw Creek Valley and the Blue Ridge Parkway at Haw Creek Valley Overlook at MP 380.

Run Details
Difficulty: Moderate
Length: 4.9 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Pet-Friendly? Dogs must be on leash

Tree on right with red dot and white MST circle