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!
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Sunday, March 15, 2015
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!
Sunday, March 8, 2015
(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
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
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.