January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Lord Hill Regional Park

Field trip: Winter Trail Running Conditioning Series

January Winter Conditioning Runs: 5-7 miles - Lord Hill Regional Park

Winter Trail Running Conditioning Course runs from 5-7 miles. You will need to complete 2 course runs per month over Dec, Jan and Feb to graduate.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.9 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,669 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 724 ft
  • Pace: avg 3.5 mph

Meet at 8:00 am at Tester Road Trailhead at the Lord Hill Lower South Parking Lot (13823 Old Tester Road) in Snohomish. No passes required. Following introductions, description of route and current trail conditions, plan to start running by 8:10 am. There are no public bathrooms at the trailhead, but we will pass an outhouse about 1/2 way along the route at the north entrance.

This route covers Lord Hill Regional Park.

We will follow a clockwise loop for ~6.9 miles total distance with ~1,670 ft elevation gain. We will look to do an avg pace of 3.5 mph: moderate hiking pace on uphill sections and 4.5-5.0 mph on the  straightaway and downhill sections. Goal is for everyone to run at a conversational pace, which means you can talk in complete sentence without gasping for air, can easily breath through your nose, and have an average heart rate typically less than 140 (75% of max heart rate).  Shouldn't be huffing and puffing.

For a complete description of  trail running with the Mountaineers, please consult the Trail Running Standards.

Gaia route, here is a link to our intended route, but variation happens: https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=15.8/-122.0634/47.8545&pubLink=okp9GgnaGUhmiFJSqPDU3rp2&trackId=9b25068b-0a01-4834-ac6a-5aefef07431a

Snohomish County Parks map: https://snohomishcountywa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/63318/Lord-Hill-Trail-Map?bidId=

Full details will be available soon after registration closes on January 19. In the interim, please contact the leader with any questions at andycahn@gmail.com.


Lord Hill Regional Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Please wear layers of breathable, technical clothing suitable for outdoor aerobic activities for this course's activities.

  • Waterproof jacket, hat, buff, gloves, sunglasses; running-specific gaiters recommended
  • Warm mid-weight layer (e.g. down vest or wool long sleeve)
  • Trail running shoes
  • A small day pack suitable for trail running
  • Bring snacks and water
  • Trail running-adapted ten essentials
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