I'm linking up once again with MCM Mama Runs for another Tuesdays on the Run. This week's topic is showing ya'll where I run. So in other words, I'm going to show you how I run this town!
I do my fair share of complaining about my boring town that I live in and its lack of scenic trails and places for adventures to happen. It's also fairly flat, so I have to get creative to get my hill training in, but you know for all my complaining, if I ever left my hometown I would surely miss many of my running routes! So let's take a look at some of my regular views, shall we?
My number one running route is around my neighborhood because that's what is easiest, right? Strap on some shoes and head out the door to get it done. I live in a gated community that isn't too bad on nice views and clean, safe well-lit streets so that's definitely a plus. And then if I need to go longer than a few miles I can head out of the gate and find some additional routes that offer their own benefits.
|One of four lakes in my neighborhood that are host to ducks and other water fowl on occasion.|
|Canadian Geese telling the Mallards "What's up, eh??" ;-)|
|A little glimpse at my trusty pal, Maximus Decimus! I absolutely LOOOOOVVVVEEE him. :-)|
|She was seriously SLEEPING like that for hours...and snoring so loud to boot!|
|Motivation Wall and another look at Max.|
I have another spot that we like to hit for our hill training that I have "lovingly" nicknamed The Beast. It's a massive hill that goes from the base of the valley to the top of a man-made lake. It offers stunning vistas, views of the lake, and a whole lot of heavy breathing and hamstring burners and quad killers.
|The first portion of The Beast - it is quite harmless here but that is just a false sense of security...don't be fooled by it!|
|View from the middle of The Beast - right after the worst of the climb you get the reward of a view of the valley.|
|Diamond Valley Lake last year already showing lower water levels, and it has gotten much worse this year. :(|
Just earlier this year I started adding in a little trail running on a path that I used to just hike. It starts out a nice and gently rolling hills, but about 3 miles in turns into a MAJOR hike. One that makes The Beast look like nothing more than an ant hill. It climbs up and up for days. BUT if I stick to only running the first part, it makes for a nice trail run just around the corner from my house which is pretty freaking awesome.
|My sister snapped this picture of me and I absolutely love it. The hills aren't green now though and are a very scorched brown.|