On October 9th to the 11th we hosted the 5th TRAIN and STAY GET AWAY near Duluth, MN. This annual trip to the north woods of Minnesota is centered on trail running on the beautiful Superior Hiking Trail, enjoying nature, and relaxation.
This year we were able to travel up with one veteran, the always consistent face of the TRAIN and STAY, Sabrina, and one who was looking to branch out his running experience to trails, Mike K.
Before we get into the details of the trip we want to give a big THANK YOU to both Sabrina and Mike and let them know they did an awesome job! It’s a good chunk of time on tough terrain, and they both did phenomenal. Not only did they log the time on the trails, they were a blast to hang out with for the weekend.
Our trip started at noon on Friday, where we met and packed up the van for our 3.5 hour drive to our lodging, a family cabin located on Little Hanging Horn Lake in Barnum, MN. Once to the cabin everyone got situated with where they were bunking, and we prepared for our first run of the weekend.
This first run, a 90-minute loop, went off from Carlton and weaved along the St. Louis River. It is a combination of gorgeous views over the river, rock outcroppings and some woods gravel trail.
Dinner consisted of some quality carbohydrates and then everyone was off to bed in prep for the following day’s multi-run schedule.
The next morning we were up early for a 5:30 a.m. breakfast which consisted of eggs, sausage, toast, fruit, COFFEE (a must!), and juice. We had a short drive up to the staging area for our Ely’s Peak ascent, which was to be the longest of the weekend.
Arriving just before sunrise we hurried our way up Ely’s to see the sun push up over the horizon, and as we have experienced in year’s past…this is a priceless view. We were all able to spend time enjoying the sunrise, snapping pictures and taking in the peace and beauty of a crisp fall morning.
After this gorgeous start to the day the remainder of our run was along the Superior Hiking Trail, where we traveled through rocky, root-laden single track and soaked and muddy cross country ski paths.
After spending three hours enjoying our surroundings we loaded back up and headed back to the cabin for some lunch and recovery time.
As par for the course with our Saturday of TRAIN and STAY we also head out for an afternoon jog in Moose Lake State Park for a more casual time through the pine forest.
Saturday evening was spent enjoying plenty of food in recovery, along with an abundance of smiles and laughs, while relaxing and recapping what we had already accomplished for the weekend.
Sunday morning came fast and we were up again at 5:30 a.m. for some pre-run fueling. Departing before sunup, there was a peaceful, focused silence (or Mike K. just fell asleep again!) in our car ride up to tackle the “power lines” section of our TRAIN and STAY experience. Characterized by wicked ascents and descents, this section was handled wonderfully as we made it through our five miles in great time and without incident.
With completion of the “power lines” run, we put to bed another successful, fun, and beautiful TRAIN and STAY.
Next year’s trip is scheduled for October 7th-9th, 2016. If you would like to be one of the six, keep an eye out for details of how to register coming in Spring of 2016.