Feeling the dirt under my feet and the cool breeze on my face was just what I needed. While I am so happy to be back running, I have been so uninspired by my running routes. They have been 98% on pavement where my views have been houses and a cacophony of vehicles.
I haven't felt a connection with nature for a long time. So I jumped at the invitation to run with Diane along the trails in Lacombe. A couple years ago I ran a half-marathon on the trails but I haven't been back.
As you can see it was a glorious spring day. We met at 9 a.m. at the college parking lot. I was early as usual so I took the extra minutes to warm up with lunges and squats. (Clearly I do not do enough all week at Crossfit.)
Diane is a member of the Lacombe Running Club and one of the keepers of the trails. I couldn't ask for a better tour guide. She explained the history along the trail and pointed out landmarks. (Maybe I should have tipped her at the end of the run.)
Look at that view! This was just what I needed. My body responded well to the hills and the trails. We ran a moderate pace which kept the "ow" factor low. Lacombe is only 20-25 minutes north of Red Deer. I need to run here more often.
I assured Diane that I do not always take so many pictures when I run. But I couldn't resist documenting along the way. Diane was on the look out for flowers and she found some on the way. (Don't ask me what they were. No clue!)
I am the queen of the trail! This bench was oddly at a random spot on the trails. One could sit for hours and contemplate life while staring out at the lake. You could see for miles in each direction.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention the late Bill Nielsen. An avid runner, Nielsen built the beautiful trail system in Lacombe. I didn't know Nielsen but I did meet him at a few races as runners do. Proceeds from Bill's Trail Run in October go to efforts to upkeep the trails. The city wants to pave a lot of the trails which I think is a damn shame.
In all we ran a nice 16K. I didn't push it too much which is just as well. It was my first "long" trail run of the year. (I am not counting Riverbend as a trail run.) Every few minutes, I would proclaim how lovely it was to be in such beauty. I felt so refreshed and rejuvenated.
I have a little over a month before Blackfoot. Injuries aside, I am super excited to race! It may "only" be the 25K but it's going to be awesome!