Since I’m not racing much during the winter, I decided to write about the trail run that I went on this weekend instead.
On Saturday, I woke up early and drove to Caledon in the pouring rain. Thankfully the rain stopped by the time that the run started. There were 6 of us going up from my running group and around 25 people showed up in total. I had never been to a Night Terrors Run Crew run (the organizers) before so I had no idea what to expect.
They handed out maps, split us into distance groups (13.5km or 17km) and we were off! I was planning to do the 17km run as my long run.
I was expecting a muddy run because of the rain but I guess all that rain in Toronto had been snow up north. So the trails were covered in melting snow. The run started in trails and then there was a section on the road and then more trails. The trails were beautiful and there was no one on them but us.
Around 7km in is where things got interesting, there was a section of steep rocks that were covered in ice and snow. There was a rope to hold onto on the way down and it was super technical. The kilometre during the technical section took half an hour, for ONE km! It was followed by more slightly less steep but equally icy and snowy scrambling down rocks.
At this point I realized that this was less of a run and more of an adventure but that’s exactly what I love about the trails. I love the trails because of the variety and how unpredictable they are.
At 9km, we had been out there around 2 hrs and I realized that it was a day for the shorter route. We got back onto the roads and the kilometres went by a little faster. After 2hrs and 20 min of running/hiking, we made it back to the car after 13.5km.
This run was not what I expected but it was everything that I love about running on trails. It was fun and challenging and full of stunning nature.
What do you like most about running/trail running?