Valley Views Star Posts

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I realized the drive from Hammond Hill to Brookton’s Market is actually not that far, so I hit the Valley Views en route to Lindsay Parsons. My boss, who’s also an experienced runner, lives withon walking distance of the market and offered to run with me if I wanted company. But when I arrived at the sign I decided it was a bad idea to knock on doors looking for his house — I forgot exactly where it is — since it was 2:30 a.m. and probably looked like I just crawled out of the woods (which in more or less did.)

RunGo worked beautifully here. I don’t remember much else about the run as I was busy rehashing the plot of Return of the Jedi in my mind for the full hour I was out there after hearing a bird that sounded like R2D2.

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You probably heard a bobolink! I heard them at the Blueberry Patch course last year.

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I took advantage of the cool weather today to do a tempo run on Valley Views. I wanted to go as fast as I could without compromising my ability to do tomorrow’s indoor track workout. I wasn’t sure what pace that would be, especially on a hilly course, so I felt it out as I went.

The course goes uphill for the first 1.5 miles or so. I meted out a moderate effort and made it to the peak of Burns Road feeling pretty good. Then I let my legs shift into a gravity-assisted higher gear on the way back down. Once I was back on Valley Road I started pushing a little harder.

Around 4 miles in I was starting to feel some fatigue. I permitted myself a brief reprieve and eased off the effort a bit for the short climb on White Church Road. After cresting the hill I settled in to a pace that was tough but manageable.

Soon Brookton’s Market was in view. I glanced at my watch. It read 39:30. This was extremely significant because as all runners know it is much better to finish just below a round number than it is to finish at or above it. It looked like I had about 150 meters to go. As long as I didn’t have to stop for traffic I could probably kick for sub 40. Luckily no cars were coming. I darted across the road, tapped the sign, and stopped my watch at 39:58.

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I’ve cycled these roads many times, and in fact a friend and I use Burns hill as a measuring unit to compare all other hills to (i.e. Snyder Hill we think is 3 x Burns). It keeps us going! Today, I convinced my non-runner boyfriend to jog/walk the first 1.5 miles with me to the top of Burns. He did so, and probably never will again haha!
Overall I enjoyed this route much more than I thought I would. The rest of the course felt like it flowed really well and my legs seemed happy. Of course most of the rest was somewhat downhill so that probably explains it :slight_smile:

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Another course :heavy_check_mark::receipt: after work today. :smiling_face:
I really liked this course, I found it easier than FH Fox :thinking: not sure why :woman_shrugging: (though burns hill :tired_face::sweat_smile:)
Also forgot my visor


Figured my shirt would help with visibility :red_car:
Really missed that visor though!


Loved that this course ends at the market, grabbed myself dinner after my run. :+1: I vote for more courses that end with food/snack shops :joy:
Still troubleshooting my RunGo. (I’m just posting about it here in case someone else has the issue too) Seems my app will reset the distance when I open the phone to look at the map :woman_shrugging: did this three times and third time it crashed. I restarted and didn’t go into the app again and it was able to finish the navigation :thinking: I did message the app people about it. :woman_shrugging: I couldn’t find anything with my settings that could be causing it.

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It’s always a consideration when I’m looking for them! Wait until you try Run Rabbit Run. :icecream:

This is sounding like a particular issue for your phone and RunGo. Hopefully they’ll have something to suggest.

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Nice running weather for today’s challenge after the heat this week…keeping in tradition of map challenges we somehow ran the first loop backwards but I think it’s a first of not adding mileage on!! I still think there should be an award category for most accident mileage added… :joy:





If you have the time the coffee and sandwiches at the market are pretty tasty. I recommend the local on sourdough toasted.

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It could be named the Ferdinand Magellan award and the prize is a globe. :earth_americas:

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Had a blast this morning running with @jennarice, @julie19 and @twalsky (who ran the first loop with us). The rain held off, the wind died down, we didn’t get lost, and we didn’t get chased by the dog on Burns Hill road – what more could you want from a challenge course run :slight_smile: ?

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Had a nice cool day for a run from Brooktondale. I like this route! At the end of my run, as I was walking into the Market, there were people walking in beside me with musical instruments. By the time I finished my sandwich they were playing! Quite a nice surprise. In case any runners are interested in timing their end of run to coincide with live music, here’s a pic of their blackboard with the May schedule.


according to their blackboard this is Six Mile Craig

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This was my first trip to Brooktondale and its cute market. What a find! Burns Road was a challenge, but the rewarding descents and flat roads following the climb made it well worth the effort.

Let me echo our trusty RunGo friend’s advice: When you turn left onto White Church Road, watch for cars coming to an abrupt stop at the sign. They won’t expect to see you barreling around that corner and you may be cruising at a decent pace.

This route includes a lot of asphalt and a lot of sunshine. Enjoy the mud-free, dry run and please consider wearing sunscreen. :slight_smile:

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Drove over from Hector with my buddies and had a ball! This was our first Challenge Course and we were total rookies with the timing and posting…. Will do better next time!
Loved the market and had a wonderful morning!

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This was my first Challenge Course and I loved it - the company, the gorgeous views, and the delicious post run lunch at the Market!

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I made a new friend!

I arrived at Brookton’s Market at the same time as @Lois_Meyer and although I was meeting another friend there, we all ran together for the first bit and I chatted with Lois a bit more afterwards in the Community Center parking lot where I thought to take the picture below. It was super fun to meet her and make a new running buddy.

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So just a heads up, they stoned and tarred a good chunk of the course so there is a lot of gravel at the shoulders of the road. The paving did make the camber greater in a couple spots but still not terrible, so just an fyi.
And as previously noted, just be careful on white church road (rt 118) there is very little shoulder when you go up that hill.
And despite all the neon I wear (like the 80’s threw up on me :rofl:) I had a near miss when someone was turning right on to the road… While looking left :person_facepalming: bright colors don’t matter if they never look in your direction :woman_shrugging:
Always run in high alert my friends :revolving_hearts:


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