Photography by Brenton Salo
There's a short loop that we try to do when the weather takes a turn for the worse. The trail running starts when the bike racing officially comes to and end. Yet, we might jet out here and there during the season just for a change of pace. A change of scenery. Which is entirely the case when we had the chance to get into the woods with Brenton Salo for yet a different look at our new running kit. And a change of pace it was.
Scott accompanied David and Julie out from our shop and towards the stairs. The stairs are as epic as they are imminent. We have found that they are the most efficient way to get into the woods from the our space. Efficient and painful can be the same thing, turns out. There are a couple short sets leading up to the longest, steepest section. They prepare you for those greasy moss covered stairs a bit, but not fully, because every time you land at the base of the main one and look up, the same feeling of dread washes over you. "Damn, that's a long way up there." Which usually comes out more as an exhale than anything else. So, you just try to focus on one step at a time.
Ok sure, it was also a chance to shoot the new black color of the Tigre Time Sweatshirt, and pair up the long sleeve shirts, but it worked since the temperatures have dipped here in the NW, as they are wont to do. Plus, when Julie gets excited about something, we all get excited, as her enthusiasm tends to bubble over and then before you know it, we are all excited about getting new shorts and colors and waterbottles - so maybe a run is good for something at this point. Gives you a chance to work out a little of that excitement.
Julie wears the Women's Rhino Running Short, Tigre Time Sweatshirt and Oakley Latch Glasses (available in-store only). She also thinks this is very funny.
Anyway, once you've crested the top and headed into the forest everything changes for the better. One turn in the houses all melt into the trees and the trail becomes your only focus. Scott easily slips to the front and they're off like a herd of deer through the tall overgrowth. Though herd feels wrong, but also so does "mob." A small gang of deer most likely. But, this is where I excel, my time spent with Wooly Mammoth and in particular Patrick floods back through and I take charge - "potato chips. Run like you're holding potato chips between your thumb and forefinger" (at least that's what I've heard works). "Knees up, come on guys, eyes forward! Don't look at the trail, look up!"
Plus, it gives some validity to this look. Right? I just need a whistle and possibly a clip board with weekly interval workouts scratched into the sides and I can whip these three into shape. I just know it. Actually, they're probably doing alright with whatever plan they're on at the moment.
The Macleay trail system is a pretty fantastic play land that we have in our back yard. And it is truly amazing any time of year. For a trail system that is connected to a major metropolitan area, it is relatively free of people. Certainly on a warm summer day the trails tend to have more people hanging about looping up and over Thompson, or parking at the Arboretum and wandering around. But really, the trails tend to be pretty calm and quiet. Besides, running into like-minded individuals is never a bad thing.
Then, when all that was said and done we made them run home. Well, we didn't make them, but there is always that added pressure right? Besides, who doesn't want to get a couple extra miles in after an hour of mean mugging in in front of the camera?
Scott and David wear:
The Mt Fuji Ekiden Running Kit (Scott) & The Rhino Running Collection (David). David opted for the Electric Sheep wool sock, while Scott went the synthetic Ekiden match.
The entire running collection can be found here » The Athletic Online Shop