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The views on a trail run beat the view from the treadmill or the running track.  This is the Saranac River between Saranac Lake and Bloomingdale.  Photo:  Brian Mann
The views on a trail run beat the view from the treadmill or the running track. This is the Saranac River between Saranac Lake and Bloomingdale. Photo: Brian Mann

Adirondack Postcard: A trail run to Moose Pond

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There are so many great ways to be outdoors in the North Country this time of year, from the garden to the pontoon boat to mountain hiking trails. Our Adirondack bureau chief Brian Mann likes to go for short trail runs. It's a way to plunge into the back country for a quick taste of wildness that only takes an hour or so.

Brian hit the trail to Moose Pond recently near Saranac Lake recently and sent this audio postcard.

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Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

One of the big advantages of trail running for me is that I'm almost fifty. I can go a lot slower and still have a sense of crossing through landscape.
So it's early, just after sunrise, and I've just crossed the Saranac River on the bridge that leads to the Moose Pond trail. This is one of my favorite running trails. It's mostly pretty flat, there's a little bit of elevation gain over the course of the run. And it has a big pay-off at Moose Pond and it's just gorgeous.

It's also really buggy in places, so it helps to be moving quickly to stay ahead of the critters. One of the big advantages of trail running for me is that I'm almost fifty. I can go a lot slower and still have a sense of crossing through landscape. Not the sort of "stuck on a treadmill" feel that road running can bring. It's my sense, too, that there's less impact, less jarring to my feet and my knees when on a trail.

Trails can be far more forgiving on knees and ankles than running on tarmac.  Photo:  Brian Mann
Trails can be far more forgiving on knees and ankles than running on tarmac. Photo: Brian Mann
And then there's just the beauty of being in the woods, the chance to run out and dip deep into the green. I really love the early morning light in the Adirondacks, that filtered green light, a kind of underwater glow. This is also the time when the birds are just waking up.

I come to the nose of rock at the edge of Moose Pond and it's really just ridiculously beautiful. There's this perfect stillness to the water and a mirror image of the woods and a gorgeous half moon. The mountains are

cloaked in morning clouds. Where the sun is rising, the pond is serenely flat with a mist struck off the water.

It's really something.

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