What a perfect day! Fall at its finest! Trail running, crisp air, colorful leaves, choosing a pumpkin from Papa's pumpkin patch (our greatest fall tradition), and carving pumpkins with cousins!
As some of you remember from my last post, last night was not only a date night for my husband and I but it was also a spontaneous stop for some Brooks Cascadia Trail Shoes. I have never had any desire for trail shoes but my husband insisted that I get some so that he could take me out on his favorite trail near our house for a morning trail run date. It didn't take too much convincing. He had me at Brooks. I couldn't wait to try them on and get a feel for them! Nobody in the northwest Portland area seemed to think that a woman in heels and jeans trying on trail shoes in the middle of the sidewalk was out of the ordinary.
I didn't remember or expect to love trail running as much as I do after today! We headed out to Wildwood trail in Forest Park. It is 30 miles of GORGEOUS winding trail through lush forest right in Portland city limits and close to downtown. Such a gift!
It turned out to be one of the best dates EVER!
10.4 miles of gentle hills and winding path.
Second half was 7:22 average and last mile had to be close to sub 7.
Talk about feeling
FULL OF LIFE!
Life all around us.
and put our hands up to the sky in
Note to Self:
|I think this is me "getting my trail groove on".|
And the video I promised.....
You have to turn your head to the side if you really care enough to watch it. Just some trail running. I even grab my butt for you.
I don't always include pictures of my family but today was such a special day. It is a yearly tradition to go to Grammy and Papa's house every fall and all the cousins get to choose their pumpkin from Papa's pumpkin patch. He drives them around on his little tractor and they eventually wind up at the PATCH.
This year, I even got to drive the tractor. Wahoo!
I'm looking forward to catching up with so many of you tonight! It is long overdue!
1. Do you like trail running? Have you ever been?
2. What are your fall traditions?
3. Please share treadmill advice! We are in the market and I'm really excited! It will make Boston training so much easier with time management and fitting in high mileage.
4. Go check out my friend Barbora's giveaway that is helping to raise money for her Team Whole In The Wall and get ready for the New York Marathon, her first 26.2!