Monday, January 18, 2010

Elk Meadow - The Ridge - Hiwan Loop

Time: 1:07
Distance: 8.68 miles
Effort: Moderate
Body: Good
Weather: Dark and Cool

Didn't get out until o'dark o'clock again this evening. Ran from the house to Elk Meadow and ran trails up to the Buchanan Rec Center and then wound my way through Bergen Park and The Ridge and Hiwan subdivisions before completing the loop on the uphill slog back home.

Felt very good on this run. Ran at moderate effort and held it through the whole run, on the ups and the downs. Average pace was 7:46. Average HR was 151. 1,379 feet of elevation gain.

There are times I really like running at night. I think this is, in part, due to the fact that the darkness changes the scene a lot, making the same ol' routes a bit of a different experience. There's also the sense that because you can't see what's more than 15 meters ahead, there's a bit more adventure afoot. And, everything is just quieter. Other than the occasional car, or the itinerant dog-walker, the lone runner may well be the King of the Mountains.


  1. KOM indeed. I have been in the dark and not felt like the KOM - as I think that is a title that goes to the ever lurking mountain lion.

  2. Hah! You're right on that front. Thoughts of mountain lions lurking are regularly on my mind. Next thought is usually something like "I'm more likely to be struck by lightning than attacked by a lion." Still, I can stay off mountain tops on cloudy days, but I'm not staying off the trails at dusk/dawn. There's no doubt we ain't necessarily at the top of the mountain food chain.