Thursday, April 26, 2007

Dupont Trail Revisited

Bike 19 miles
Run 7 miles

Ran on the Dupont Trail again today. Last week I said this was one of the most technical trails I've ever run on. After another run today, with the snow completely melted, it seems even more technical. Rocks, roots, fallen trees, mud, slippery planks, uneven sidecuts, and constant steep drops up and down along the coast. With almost all trails in Alaska it is very important to keep your eyes scanning up ahead, so as to minimize the chances of surprising a bear, especially when running alone. I was thinking of this today as I was running along the Dupont Trail with my eyes glued to the ground 2 feet in front of me. It is more or less impossible to run on this trail and look up for more than a split second. In other words, this is, for various reasons a pretty dangerous trail to run on. If it wasn't so darn fun I'd probably stay away from it.

3 comments:

Mom said...

It doesn't matter how much fun it is, STAY AWAY from it!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mallie said...

Sounds like you better listen to, Mom! Meeting a bear is not something I'd encourage, either. Congrats on the good runs. Hope you sort out what's causing the pain after the 2 hour mark.

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