I went out trail running this morning and it was fantastic. This is the place.
I started at the bottom parking lot and basically just ran up to the top of the mountain. I wasn't able to run up the whole way but I didn't take breaks because I'm tough. Once I got to the top I ran some winding trails which lead nowhere, enjoyed the view and eventually descended to trails surrounding the base. The signs say that the high trail is a mile long, and I don't know how far I ran on the bottom trails. I'd say it was around 2 miles, so possibly 3 miles total. I ran the base trails until I wound up back on the road so I ran on the road back to my car. While I was back in the woods on a flat trail I took in the scenery, breathed in the pure air and felt really fulfilled, happy and generally aware of my existence. It was really redeeming of running for me. I felt like I could have done more if not for my ankles, being untrained for this kind of running, which felt a little wobbly so I decided to call it a day.
I wore my roclites and not the Mudclaws since I figured it would be mostly rock surfaces, small rocks on trails, roots and shallow dirt. The choice proved to be a wise one. I'm starting to wonder if buying the Muclaws was overzealous and unnecessary, but we'll see if I find a legitimate use for them. I'm going to bring them with me when I go to trail run in case it rains. They should help then. I can see them being very useful during the events, considering their tread and the incline of the October and April events not to mention the mud from all the preceding runners.
I'm definitely going to integrate this into my weekly routine, once on the weekends at least.
My routine, as it stands, is still the Strength and Endurance portions, alternating days and leaving myself one day of rest. Tomorrow is going to be a Strength training day, then.
I'm considering signing up for a third event called Ruckus Boston. This one is in November, and takes place right outside Boston. It's all flatland running (around 3 miles), but there are 20 obstacles. It seems pretty intense. I'll probably end up doing it on a whim since I don't even seem to care.