Saturday, August 13, 2011

Seen on a Long Run... Part 2


131 (million) steps. Hard to capture how steep these truly are.
Yes, this is on the Wild Duluth race course.

Field Garlic (Allium vineale) - alien. "Serious pest of lawns,
pastures and meadows" according to Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

Common Dodder or Love Vine (Cuscuta gronovii). "Parasitic plant with yellow or orange stems and dense clusters
of small, white flowers... Tightly twines around the stems of other plants and absorbs their
sap through tiny suckers." Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

Sam enjoying a post-run Coffee Creek ice bath.

Small waterfall on Coffee Creek below the trail crossing. This also makes a
great sledding run in the winter when the creek overflows the ice and refreezes.

Hanging out with the water striders, other aquatic insects and, as it turns out, leeches (shudder!)

Downstream view.

Todays run was a bit shorter than planned at 13.1 (or so) miles but did include The Big W and the Piedmont hills. Rather than continue on to Lake Superior for an ice bath (15+ miles), Sam and I decided to play it safe (my schedule called for 14 miles, she ran her first 50 mile two weeks ago) and ran back to Coffee Creek to soak the legs. The temperature was perfect! Cold enough to make you hesitate, but not so cold your toes went numb immediately.

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