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!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Chicken Point

On any given Saturday, you never know who is going to show up on a NATRA run. While we have seen a consistent 12-15 runners, we broke a new Sedona record with 25 runners and 7 dogs on our Chicken Point adventure today! The weather was perfect and unlike the mud, snow and ice of Brins Mesa two weeks ago, these 8 miles were mostly dry. It is always fun to run onto Chicken Point and surprise the visitors that arrive via jeep tours. Yeah, tough bunch we are! Several runners actually started early and logged even more miles. Afterwards we all enjoyed the warmth of Sedona in the plaza at New Frontiers and hailed King David.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Schultz Creek Road to Lincoln Logs

13 runners, Sklar and Annika headed up Schultz Creek Road on Saturday morning. As the warming temperatures of the past few days created hard packed snow, the challenge was avoiding plunging into pockets of the trapped powder beneath. All I could think about was the old game Don't Break the Ice! Thus we had to focus on every step we took, making this a far more strategical run than is often required for heading up Schultz Pass Road. The first group made it all the way to the Lincoln Logs while the rest of us turned around a bit earlier with thoughts of the Seasoned Kitchen treats pulling us back. The return trip was even more challenging as the sun had softened the hard pack and our downhill weight breaking through the hard pack more often than not. Coffee and teas at the Seasoned Kitchen were well earned by all!