Red River National Wildlife Refuge

The Red River National Wildlife Refuge is located in Bossier City, LA.  It was just a fifteen minute drive from Shreveport.  I expected a flat hike through marsh wetlands. This place was a bit different than what I expected. There was no elevation change but that is expected at wetlands but the terrain was varied.  In some areas I was hiking in sand and other parts dense forest.  It had rained several days before and some of the lower wetlands were flooded.  I did hike on every trail in the refuge and only missed about 2 miles of trail.  I enjoyed the views of Lake Caroline in the middle of the refuge. The trails were clearly marked and it would be difficult to get lost once on the trail system.  I had a hike of 6 plus miles but the map stated there is only 5 miles of trail.  I did have to back track some  due to the flooded trails.  There was wildlife in abundance and if you are a bird watcher this place would be awesome.  I also caught a glimpse of deer.   I was expecting to see alligators but I was lucky enough to avoid that creature.  20190324_103329.jpgDeer crossing the trail20190322_094647.jpgLake Caroline20190322_094539.jpgRandom tractor20190322_083551.jpgCool looking trees20190322_090342.jpgSandy trail20190322_092907.jpgFlooded trail

Next up is a trip to Kansas to run a 50K.

REI Mudbug Run 10K

I have no idea why I signed up for this run. Maybe because it was close, cheap and flat. I have never been to the John Bunker Sands Wetland Center but wanted to see what it had to offer. The wetlands are located in Seagoville, TX which is about twenty minutes southeast of Dallas. The wetlands were really nice. I was expecting to see alligators. The morning of the race was hot and very very humid. It had rain most of the night before and the course was muddy. As advertised the course was flat but at the end there was a long hill to the finish. The only good thing about the uphill finish was I got a chance to get all the mub off of my shoes before the finish. The hill was grassy unlike the dirt and mud of the lower part of the course. The course was 6.6 miles long which is a long 10K but nothing out of the ordinary for most trail runs. I like the added distance of most trail races. My time of 1:13:25 was very good for me. I was averaging about 11 minute miles. I was hoping for a sub 1:05 but running with all that mud on my shoes wore out my legs legs. I was ahead of pace the first half of the run but the next three miles slugging through mud wore me down.20180505_072045.jpg20180505_072519.jpg20180505_073554.jpg20180505_075301.jpg

I liked the course and the people were great. I was a no frills race but still had some good swag in the bag. I think on a dry course it would be a course I could possibly PR.

Next up back to Waco for some hills.