Little Bennett Trail Run 8/10/19 7:30AM

Hey everyone!

We have reached the end of the 25K training program for Summer 2019. It’s been a hot, muddy, wet & all around amazing summer – they always are, right?

Next Saturday is the MD Heat Race out in Patpasco State Park and if you have become injured (like me) or are not signed up but would be interested in helping out, contact the RD Nick Yates who is always looking for more help.

As for our run, I’ve recreated the course we ended up doing last time we ran out at Little Bennett. It’s a different start/finish area than we do for Winter Trails (Golf course is open) and the horse trailer parking lot has been known to get very muddy & they close it if this occurs. So last time we found the trailhead at the Sopers Branch Trail which can take you into the park and will get you a loop back around to where you started. It’s about 9 miles total. If you haven’t run this loop or get lost in this park please keep the CalTopo map handy on your phone or just print out the turn by turn directions below.

I’ll have have the usual goodies for post run so I’ll see you all there!

When: Saturday August 10th 2019 7:30AM


Little Bennett Park Day Use Area Clarksburg, MD 20871

What: 9 mile lollipop loop

Route to Loop: (Red line on Map)
Sopers Branch Trail Turn Right on Prescott Rd
Prescott Rd Turn Right on Hyattstown Mill Rd
Hyattstown Mill Rd Turn Right on Western Piedmont Trail
Westernn Piedmont Trail to Browning Run Intersection – 2.10 Mi

Loop: (Blue Line on Map)
Continue on Western Piedmont Cross 121 through Parking Lot to Kingsley trail
At Schoolhouse Turn Left on Purdum Trail
Up Pudum Trail Left on Browning Run Trail
Browning Run to Western Piedmont Trail – 4.75 Mi

MyMuddyShoes Summer Training Run #6 – Muddy Branch Trail @ Blockhouse Point 7:30AM

Hi MuddyBuddies – 
We are running the Muddy Branch Trail tomorrow morning but starting from a new location – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park.   It’s the parking log that you run through at River Rd on the Muddy Branch Trail so it will be familiar to most of us who have run this trail before.   Coach Mike Edwards will be leading you all on an out and back to Rt 28 which should get you 16ish miles, as the schedule calls for.  You can check out the map below for more details – i’d also suggest bookmarking the map as there are LOTS of side trails the further north you go on this trail so it will help you navigate back if you make a wrong turn.  There will be water at the Rt 28 turn around and I’ll have the usual water, fruit & snax for after the run – but as usual, if you will be out longer than 4 hours mark on the sign-in sheet so we know what your plans are.

Muddy Branch Trail

Where – Blockhouse Point Conservation Park – 14750 River Rd, Potomac, MD 20854

When – Saturday June 29th @ 7:30AM

What – 16ish miles on the Muddy Branch Trail –

Why – because you love hot & humid summer trail running 🙂

CU tomorrow morning – MuddyShoes

Tuesday Night Trail Run – Lake Needwood 6:30pm

Hey folks – 
I’ll be taking the lead since Phil is enjoying some much needed downtime this week after he successfully married off his daughter this past weekend.  Congrats to Rebecca and Nik!
It’s looking like the heat and humidity will be building this week so make sure to bring something to keep you hydrated for the run. 

Details:Where: Lake Needwood hiker biker trail parking lotCoords: 39.114922, -77.127945When: 6:30 p.m. (warm up 6:15)Which Way: Counter-Clockwise with Blue Jay Loop and Troll Trail : Repeats on Adie’s Hill *

*** The Bob White Phat Ass is coming up on Saturday July 13th. There will be several distance options, plenty of good food and drink and a great tribe vibe.  Find more details & signup on the link on our website below.

See you tomorrow evening –  Muddy Shoes

MyMuddyShoes Summer Training Run #5 – Black Hills 7:30AM

Hi hi MuddyShoesFolks!

We have another great run planned for this Saturday and we are now getting into some more summer like weather so make sure to plan for a hot and humid run.  I don’t know how hot or humid it will actually be, but we’ll have some water/fruit/snacks at the start/finish area by the parking lot so make sure to bring a bottle or hydration pack with you anyways.   The schedule calls for 15ish miles and I have put on the Caltopo map below 2 different out and back courses.  The Hoyles Mill out and back (blue line) is about 3.5 miles and the Cabin Branch/Hamilton/Hard Rock lollipop loop (red line) is about 4.6 miles.  You can mix up the routes, add more of the trails to your own plan but if you plan on going long or being out past 4 hours let us know on the sign in sheet.   
Here are the details:

Where:  Black Hills Regional Park @ the parking lot by the Cabin Branch Trail –

**NOTE** there is some road work that means you’ll have to go a slightly different way to the park – see details on the Parks link below 


What:  15ish trail running miles –

Why:  becuase you all all badass trailies who love to get dirty and sweaty!!
How:  one step at a time 🙂

Other notes –
Sign up for our summer fatass trail race – the Bobwhite fatass
Tuesday Nights @ Needwood with Coach Phil

Thursday Nights @ Cabin John with Coach Gretchen

See you all on Saturday morning!

Summer 25k Training Run #2 – Saturday 5/25 7:30AM Watkins Mill HS

Hi hi MuddyShoes Summer Training People!

We are underway in our Summer 25k training program and this weekend calls for a 10 mile training run. The run this weekend will start at Wakins Mill HS and head south on the Seneca Greenway Trail to just before the Clopper Rd bridge. There will be water out at the Izak Walton League driveway and that is showing 5.36 miles on the Caltopo Map (link below). This will make the out and back around 11 miles, but what’s an extra mile to the MuddyShoes group??

It’s going to be getting hotter as we progress through the summer so please make sure you bring at least a water bottle with you. We will have water at the turnaround and at the start/finish as well as other fruit, dessert and salty goodies.

If you are planning on runnning the 25k program with us this summer and haven’t paid I can take your $10 fee which helps us with buying supplies for each run and paying for our website.

I’ll also have a few hats, buffs, stickers and magnets available.


Where – Wakins Mill HS 10301 Apple Ridge Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

When – Saturday May 25th @ 7:30AM

What – 10 – 11 miles southbound on the Seneca Greenway Trail

Why – Because you don’t want to bonk at the MD Heat Race 🙂


Summer Schedule Reminders –

We’ll be heading up to Sugarloaf Mtn. so keep an eye out for that announcement – some decent sized hills (compared to our normal locations) and other vertical opportunities await you!

Tuesday @ Needwood with Coach Phil

Thursday @ Cabin John with Coach Gretchen

Bobwhite Fatass July 13th – Seneca Creek State Park (official announcement coming soon)

Post T-Day Trail Run @ Little Bennett 7:30am

Hi MuddyShoes –

Hope you had a lovely turkey day filled with food, drink, laughter.  Now back to the trails!

We will be heading out to Little Bennett Regional Park in Clarksburg (I think this is the 3rd year in a row?).  But as some of you all may know, I like to find new trails and see new things – even in a park we’ve spent some time running around in!   So we’ll be parking in a new location & running some new (to mymuddyshoes) trails.  (our normal parking lot area is closed due to the rain/mud anyways!)

Some of you all may be familiar with these trails, so come on out and help the others who may get a bit lost 😊 One of my favorite parts of trail running is when I find that I’ve gone off course and have to navigate my way back.

Trails won’t be marked so PLEASE download a park map & also keep my Caltopo map link handy

When: Saturday November 24th 2018 7:30AM

Where: Little Bennett Regional Park (Campground parking lot area)

23702-23700 Camping Ridge Rd, Clarksburg, MD 20871

39.250345, -77.285494

7P27+4R Clarksburg, Maryland

What:  10 – 11 miles

Choose your own adventure – mileages & trail names:

2.5 Parking Lot – Stonybrook – Acorn Hollow – Bennett Ridge -Western Piedmont

5.9 Western Piedmont – Hard Cider – Purdum – Browning Run – Western Piedmont

1.94  – Western Piedmont – Beaver Valley – StonyBrook – Parking Lot

Stone Mill 50 Mile Preview Run #4 – Rt.28 Trail Head (about 22 miles) 7:30AM

Hi Hi Trail Peoples!

We are at the last of the Stone Mill 50 mile preview runs.  This run will take you North up Greenway and Seneca Ridge Trail to Quince Orchard Road. Down Rt. 28 (sidewalk to start of Muddy Branch trail).  If you aren’t interested in pavement running you can hang a right on the Seneca Greenway when you get back to Riffleford Rd and head back into Seneca Creek State Park for bonus miles!

Here are the standard things 🙂

1) We are accepting donations for these runs. $5 suggested but we also accept loose change from under your car seat (just pick out the old Cheetos and dog hair, please)
2) Course will not be flagged. Good exercise in self-reliance on the trails. Besides no one ever gets lost , they just do extra miles, right?
3) We’ll have water out on the course – Riffleford Rd.
4) We provide light snackeroos at the finish. Feel free to bring something to share if you want. Trail dogs like to eat. That’s a fact!
5) You don’t have to be doing Stone Mill to participate in these course previews. All are welcome (except whiners, rabble-rousers and malcontents)

Location details:

Rt 28 Seneca Greenway Trailhead

Google Plus Code: 4MH8+7R Darnestown, 6, MD (for Google Maps)

Start at 7:30AM

*** Time to SIGN UP!! The Muddy Shoes Phantastic Phall Phat Ass will be Sunday 11 November (Veterans Day!). There will be a Half Marathon and 10K option. Great after party too! This also is a great taper run for the Stone Mill 50 Miler the following weekend. Race Director Robin Sheperd puts on a great event. Here is the link…/3rd-annual-phantastic-phall-pha…/…
*** Check out our Muddy Shoes merch! We got Hats ($15), Buffs ($10) and magnets/stickers ($1). They are going fast! Get yours from Robin (Hats), Phil (Hats, Buffs, Magnets/stickers) or Mike Chau (Buffs and magnets/stickers ($1). ). US Dollars only!
OK C U there!
Muddy Shoes

Stone Mill 50 Mile Preview Run #1 – October 13– Stedwick E.S. 7:30AM

Hey Muddyshoes & Stone Mill peoples!

We will host the 1st of the 4 Stone Mill training runs starting tomorrow morning, 7:30AM.  The weather has finally turned into more of a Fall feel so let’s get excited for no humidity!  We will put out some goodies, water & a sign in/ sign out sheet at the Elementary School.  There will also be water near Clopper Rd, just before you go under the bridge.

The run will take you from the school onto Stedwick Rd. for a short bit then left on Watkins Road (yeah, its pavement, but only for a short bit) over to the Seneca Greenway trailhead where you get back on dirt heading South to Clopper Lake. Go around lake and back. Distance – about 20 Miles

Where:  Stone Mill Start/Finish Area – Stedwick Elementary – 10631 Stedwick Rd, Montgomery Village, MD 20886

What: about 20 miles

Why:  You are running Stone Mill or just like to run in the fall weather!

The rest of preview runs can be found on the Stone Mill Race page here (if you want to read ahead)

*** Mark your calendars! The Muddy Shoes Phantastic Phall Phat Ass will be Sunday 11 November (Veterans Day!). There will be a Half Marathon and 10K option. Great after party too! This also is a great taper run for the Stone Mill 50 Miler the following weekend. Race Director Robin Sheperd puts on a great event.
*** Check out our Muddy Shoes merch! We got Hats ($15), Buffs ($10) and magnets/stickers ($1). They are going fast! Get yours from Robin (Hats), Phil (Hats, Buffs, Magnets/stickers) or Mike Chau (Buffs and magnets/stickers ($1). ). US Dollars only!
OK C U there!
Muddy Shoes