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Pontiac Lake Trails

This last Saturday I took a short retreat from the usual training runs at Stony Creek and headed over to Pontiac Lake Recreation Area to run some trails with the RUT group.  RUT = RunningFit Ultramarathon Team.  I was warned in advance that the trails out there were tough and even saw online that they are were ranked one of the toughest in the country.  On the drive there that morning one my friends called and asked if he would be “passing” me at the Hell Michigan Run that morning, another well know tough course.  Yes there is actually a town in Michigan called Hell.  I told him that I had totally forgotten about that race and informed him that I would be running the Pontiac Lake Trails for the first time.  He first thought I was joking and told me that I usually train at Stony on Saturday mornings so I must be lost.  After some joking around he knew I was serious and began to warn me about the trails.  Fellow runners like to scare each other when one of them is going to run on new territory but I knew he was serious when he repeated several time to seriously be careful and that the trails I was about to run on were even harder than the Hell Michigan Run.  After arriving at the park we all headed out single file because the trails were narrow.  My friend Jeff led us out and at his usually quick pace.  The pace was fast but not to fast.  I quickly discovered that my friend was not making any of this up.  The trails were rough.  Lots of steep ups and down.  Big roots and large rocks even on the downhill’s that you had to watch your footing on.  I learned that when running on these trails that if you let the great views distract you for too long you could fall on your face.  For the entire run I almost wiped out about 5 times and was thankful that my past football stay on your feel training was being used.  This was a run where you had to pay attention!  All of the other runners that were with us assured me that I was not really that clumsy and they also had their moments.  We ran single file for most of the 10 mile loop which I liked because you wanted to keep up with the person in front of you but not be passed by the person that was behind you.  Jeff turned out to be a good run leader and acted as the tour guide as he warned me about the corkscrew sections of the trail and the last set of hills called puke hill.  Once you get to the top of the hill and are trying to catch your breath you realize that it was named appropriately.  Overall it was a good training run and I hope that I am able to make it out there at least once a month.              

August 13, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Al, don’t drink the Kool-aide!!! I am just amazed at what you\’re putting your body through this year! Be careful not to get hurt and listen to your body when it gets tired. You are da Man!
    TNT Coach Ken 

    Comment by Downtown | August 14, 2007 | Reply

  2. I think the problem is now I am selling the Kool-Aid.   The first one is free and then you are hooked. 

    Comment by Al | August 14, 2007 | Reply

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