A brisk 30-something morning was my real-world encounter with this fellow marathoner. Starting at the standard street drain cover on the non-standard measured ARNWR long loop we were off running for the next 87 minutes.
The run, consistently conversational took us through McMansionville, crossed a State highway, past the lacrosse field and into the wildlife of the reservation. No half-stepping competitive running here, just sharing the knowledge as two students of the sport expound ideas and experience.
Uneven surfaces, 800 meter pine needle trail, one duck hunter, a bridge under repair, private runway, Kenyan like road, climbing a fence, trail signs, a large gravel pit, the State Firefighting School, a good hill with soft footing to dream about doing repeats, no trespassing sign, parking lot, gate (2nd one), Patrol Road, abandoned homes by eminent domain, pond not-fished much and *secret fartlek training* (only provided in person) with the finish back at the street drain.
Bagels, coffee, tea, more stories and it’s a good way to start the full day of Christmas shopping. Thanks for the run Andrew.
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