Da Boss put out the alert, he was trail running at Burr Oak and all were welcome. I forgot to post it here so if you missed the email blast, sorry about that. I had been to the Wildcat Trail, north of Burr Oak many times but never gotten down to the park. This helped explain why I was late, having gotten onto the wrong park entrance and ending up at the lake across from the lodge. Back tracking finally brought me to the lodge where I found the gang waiting, Craig, Andrew, friend of Craig & wife and....
.....the man with the over active bladder, Mark C. We headed out on a 3.1 mile loop and mostly hung together on a great day for trail running. We were the first ones out on the trail that had about 3" of snow. Mostly we stayed together on a not too difficult route that had only modest hills. Arriving back at the cars, Craig produced a bag of cookies and we consumed what we had burned. By the time I finished, I calculated a net gain in calories so far on the day. Mark C mentioned frequently while running that he had to go and so while we ate, he made another bathroom run. Monsters apparently run straight through his system.
Then we headed out on a 3 mile run to a parking lot and with the return, would add another 3 for a total of 9 miles. This route was rolling and not difficult but it followed the lake, along the hill side. The path was narrow and our feet slid side ways frequently and a few of us took a fall. I avoided falling but did over cook a down hill corner and slammed into a tree, which kept me from tumbling into the lake. We stopped mid way to regroup and while walking on a pier, scared this duck out from under its cover. We reached the turnaround and ran back. I began to fatigue and started walking but was shamed into restarting and so continued back to the trail head. A little over 9 miles of trail running was enough for me but the others took another 3+ mile loop and they ended with 12.5 miles....that's almost a half marathon on slick paths up and down hills, jumping logs, sloshing through creeks, waiting for Mark to take a leak, etc... Good workout. My ankles are still sore from the beating.