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Saturday's Destination Run

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:

The full Moon about to sink into the fog...

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.

Early morning fields.

At the crest, heading down.

There was so much color!

Passing over a small stream.

Trails through unexplored, foggy meadows.

There were little (bouncy) bridges everywhere!

River crossing.

By this point, I had no idea where we were, and was grateful to be following the leader.  :)

A break!

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!

On campus.

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!

~Alaina

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Back to the Pre-Marathon Routine, and the Saturday Long Run.