Supporting running in the metro Richmond area
I'm about to start a 16 week training program to prep for the Richmond Marathon in November. I live on the southside near Woodlake and am at a loss as to where I can get in 5-10 milers during the week. I get my long runs in Carytown on the weekends (from Mary Munford) since I have the time. Just thinking though, during the weekday mornings I need some routes/loops that are closer to home.
I find the 'trails' in Woodlake to be very confusing and not well-marked.
Ideas? Any runners in the area want to buddy-up?
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There are tons of good trails in and around Woodlake but they can be confusing until you get to know them. I believe both Lucky's (the convenience store by the entrance) and the HOA office have maps and they have added color coded footprints to help runners follow trails. You should also be able to get them at this link: http://www.woodlakeonline.com/?id=102. I have gotten 20 milers in on those trails doing combinations of different 4, 5, 6 and 9 mile loops through Woodlake and Foxcroft. Unfortunately I am not training for anything long right now although there are tons of runners in the neighborhood and a running club through the Woodlake gym (I believe the running group is open to non-members).
Don't know if you can get there in 10 - 15 minutes but Rockwood Park at Courthouse Road and Hull Street has great trails through the woods and you can run the road through the park and parking lots, etc. I highly recommend it.
I live in Edgewater and have run both Woodlake's and Brandermill's trails. Brandermill's are less confusing. I typically run from my house in Edgewater down Watermill and jump on the Brandermill Trails off of Millcrest Terrace. I can easily get from 5 to 16 miles or more.
Since you live in Woodlake, I would not really advise running Woolridge to Watermill. I have done it a few times but there are no shoulders to run on. A better option to do Brandermill's trails would be to Park at Sunday Park and jump on them.
I am training for the Marine Corps Marathon in the Fall. What is your pace? I run a lot downtown but need to start adding distance on Sunday, Monday or Friday evening. Possibly even some nighttime runs with lamps to beat the heat.
Thanks for the info. I think I'll take your advice and hop on the Brandermill trails at Sundy Park.
I'm training for a 3:45 marathon so most of my runs will be in the 8:30-9:30 range pace-wise.
My plan calls for runs M, T, Th, Fr, and Sat (long) and I'm going to try and get them all started before sunrise to beat the heat. I do better with runs in the am vs. after work.