Kettle Moraine South: IAT Traverse

This past Sunday (5-4-14), I ran the ~31 mile length of Kettle Moraine South via the Ice Age Trail. It was a very spur-of-the-moment thing (I got the idea for the run on Saturday night), but something I’ve had in the back of my mind for a year or two.

The Route

The route

Since I’m still dealing with a few minor aches and pains from last month’s 50-miler, I decided to take things very easy. Probably 60% running and 40% fast walking, with about 30 minutes worth of rest stops. There were definitely no plans to set any PR’s.

1/2 mile north of Brady's Rocks

1/2 mile north of Brady’s Rocks

The weather was perfect: mid-50’s and sunny for most of the day. I ran in silence for the first hour or so, then spent the rest of the day listening to the Fleet Foxes. Excellent music for a slower-paced run.

1/2 mile south of the Horseriders Campground

1/2 mile south of the Horseriders Campground

The run was entirely self-supported, but the cool weather made that pretty manageable. I carried 1.5 liters of water, and refilled once at the Horseriders Campground – near the midway point. I also brought along 6 or 8 Hammer gels, but only ended up eating 2 Milky Way bars and a bag of chips. Since I’m a health nut, and all.

Sunset, 2 miles from the finish

Sunset, 2 miles from the finish

This was a one-way endeavor, so my lovely wife was kind enough to pick me up at the southernmost tip of the Kettle Moraine state forest.

Total time = 7 hours, 20 minutes

Published in: on May 6, 2014 at 6:31 pm  Comments (4)