About NATRA Blog

This page is meant for folks to post their thoughts on the Saturday group run. I (Neil) will post a blurb about who showed up and where it was held. From there, I hope that other runners will share their thoughts since we often have different experiences on the same run. Enjoy!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring Has Sprung Trail Run

As we were nearly a full day past the vernal equinox, and seemingly far removed from this winter when we renamed the trail refrigerator gulch, spring certainly seemed to have sprung in Flagstaff. Nine NATRA runners enjoyed a mild, relatively mud, and UFO free run ranging from 5.5 to 8.5 miles on the Flagstaff Loop Trail and extra variations. Some cut their run short in favor of drinking extra coffee at the Kickstand.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

3rd Annual Lap the Leprechaun!

 Our 3rd Annual Free Lap the Leprechaun brought out 30 runners and 3 dogs as we celebrated Saint Patrick's Day with a 3 mile run in Buffalo Park. Without a leprechaun this year, I'm happy to report that no one got pinched! The one new rule this year was to introduce yourself to someone you didn't know, so lots of new friends were made! Since some ran longer, collectively the group put in another 100 miles in Buffalo Park! Happy Saint Patrick's Day to all.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Chuckwagon/Gunslinger March Madness

A record Sedona turnout with 26 NATRA runners making the Gunslinger/Chuckwagon lollipop run. Somehow all 26 made it back to the trailhead with variations, wrong turns, and spills, leading to at least 7 to 9 miles of rugged trail running. I even tried to make a duathlon out of it by sliping into a very wet, Dry Creek. We also had a record 4 runners from Sedona join us!

 Afterwards NATRA relocated to their "patio" by Whole Foods to layout in the sun and rehydrate.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Not So Sandy Seep!

(Thanks to Sara Wagner for the photo)

(Thanks to David Blanchard for the post!) It was a cool morning with light winds and clear skies that greeted NATRA runners at the trailhead for the Sandy Seep run. It was obvious--right from the start--that this was going to be a snow, ice, mud, and rock fest. At least the snow was firm on the way up and you could run on top of it (well, mostly) but the return trip wasn't so great. Rapidly warming temperatures softened the snow so that some steps turned in a post hole adventure. And where there was no snow, there was now mud.

It sort of felt like running through tires at boot camp:

As usual, we reconvened at Wildflower for breakfast and coffee. This was the first NATRA run for Ryan who learned about NATRA while playing for Sambatuque at Aid Station 5 for the Sedona Marathon; it was Lisa's second run with NATRA. Hope to see both of you again!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Mescal Mountain Magical Mystery Tour and Canyon of Fools

Despite forecasts of foul weather, 8 NATRA runners knew better than to trust predictions of snowmaggeden. Their tour took them 6 miles around Mescal Mountain and then through the Canyon of Fools. There was nary a sprinkle and the trails were in perfect condition. Once back into Sedona we enjoyed warming up inside at Whole Foods. Next week we will run our section of the Arizona Trail at Sandy Seep!

Canyon of Fools side trip

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Snowless Soldiers Trail Run


An exceptionally large turnout of 22 NATRA runners ran every possible variation of the Soldiers Trail loop at Fort Tuthill. The entire trail was snow and ice free. Despite the howling winds and extra chill in the air, the trees of Fort Tuthill kept us all well protected. The run was perfect training for the Run Flagstaff Summer Series which features the Soldiers Trail. Speaking of, early bird registration price goes up after February 28th, so register today at https://register.chronotrack.com/reg/form?eventID=12032

Afterwards we filled the back half of Wildflower where Ellie once again entertained all! Next week, Mescal Mountain in Sedona. Meet at Fort Tuthill at 8 AM to carpool down to Sedona.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Campbell Mesa Hot Summer February Run

Yet another big turnout on the Campbell Mesa Trail. Fifteen runners (and a heckuva a lot of Flagstaff Trail Divas ) enjoyed what had to be the sunniest, warmest February run ever! Most wore shorts and I think this run was warmer than our last fall run of the loop! Bring back winter. Next week we return to Sedona for the always adventurous Long Canyon run.