I spent the day with Abigail (spousal unit) with the understanding that I needed to get to Izaak by 2:00 to enjoy the trail in daylight. She had a list of places to go which included picking up a live Christmas tree. We pulled into the driveway at 3:00 knowing that I couldn't leave until the tree was secure in the tree stand. Got a text from Jason the he was headed that way and would run clockwise. Rushing to put on the right layers for 17 degree, I made it to the parking lot by 3:35. Final adjustment to clothes and 2 minutes spent securing a Nathan Quickshot Handheld waterbottle. The strap kept coming of as I tried to get it over the gloves. Because of wanting to run into Jason and figuring I would spend 1/2 a lap running in the dark.
Once on the trail, I couldn't keep from feeling good right down to the core. Running on trails, not paved ones, matches the very reason I love to run. The sense of movement, the beauty of nature that nothing we build compares to, and how much easier it feels on my body. My original inspiration for triathlons were reading the blog of Jill Homer. I have read her blog for over 4 years. Her sense of adventure, great writing, and the pictures to live vicariously through them lit a fire for adventure. The adventure the made the most sense for me was Xterra Triathlons, swimming, mountain biking, and trail running. Mind you at the time I wasn't swimming, biking, and running, just weightlifting.
2/3 of the way through the first lap I came across Jason.
|I didn't know you would be out here :-)|
|The photographer instructing how perfect the light was|
Below are a few sights that I saw tonight. Enjoy the full Google plus slide show.