Maudslay State Park in Newburyport is a rolling run through meadows, into pine forests, and across old stone bridges that take you past 19th century gardens. It’s situated along a bend in the Merrimack River, and features well groomed trails for running. (map) It’s also beautiful at 5:05AM.
The other night, a few things happened at the same time. I ran that 5K around Wakefield, where I realized that I didn’t much care about my times, even while reporting them. I also read an article in the latest issue of Running Times featuring Dave Mackey, where he said that trail running was better for his big body at 175 pounds. As I weigh 234, this seemed like something to consider.
So I took another trail run today to see how it compared to the sense of accomplishment I get from running the local neighborhood streets. I LOVED IT! The differences came from not only the scenery, but from the terrain. Navigating over the varying surfaces made for a little more brainwork mixed in with my healthy dose of contemplation. The feeling of solitude was much nicer without cars swooshing by.
In other words, I think I’m going to do a lot more of my morning runs in the woods.