Last Saturday morning I woke with great anticipation; our Saturday's long run was planned out-of-town and was a trail run. One of the ladies in our group had offered to host a run on her side of the river, in Vancouver, and to feed us afterward! (I love running and then eating!) When I went to meet one of my gal friends to carpool to our destination - I had seen the moon rising in the sky the night before, and saw it on its way to rest that morning:
My carpool buddy soon retrieved me and we headed up North. After a few minutes chatting, more people arriving, we ended up with a very large group of runners - I think there were ten of us! We all decided to put our shoes on, and head out into the dense, damp fog.
We were treated with a trail run that headed through the WSU-Vancouver campus and nearby neighborhoods. The cool chill in the air kept us cooler on the steep hills and shrouded the fields and forests in a grey mist.
By this point, I had no idea where we were, and was grateful to be following the leader. :)
The clouds finally began to lift on our way back up the hill, and the sunshine was beautifully blinding.
It was such a pleasure to run somewhere I had never run before and simply take in all the beauty. It was a difficult run (much more so than I originally thought - must remember not to compare training runs to St George), and extremely rewarding to end up back at a warm, dry house, and eat a delicious breakfast!
What has been your favorite 'out of town' run?
Do you frequently seek out new trails to spice up your training?
Wishing you all a Happy Long Run weekend!