Yesterday was our last run before our half marathon this weekend. The weather was gorgeous and hot. Temperatures were over 80 degrees when we started our run. We have been wanting to run in the park but with all the rain lately the park trails have been flooded. The last few warm days have allowed the puddles to evaporate and the trails to dry. So, yesterday we ran our favorite 3 mile loop which starts at the pond and zigzags through the campground and back.
|Our favorite place to run|
|80 degrees at 6:30 pm when we finished our run|
|The lake where the loop starts.|
My friend's son got married here in the fall.
Such an idyllic setting!
|Trail 5 which is part of the W.O.O.F trail race|
|Quaint barn near park entrance|
|Start of our 3 mile run|
|Vibrant red-bud blooms|
|About 1/2 mile into our run.|
We walked the first 5 minutes
and started running at this point.
|Shelter at the campground. Inside is a stone fireplace which is blazing during the W.O.O.F trail run.|
|Another entrance to Trail 5|
|Flowering berry trees|
|Zigzag path from lake to campground (my favorite part)|
|Right back where we started!|
|Back to the car|
|Another run done! We walked 5 minutes for a warm-up and walked 5 minutes for a cool down, so our pace is a slight bit faster than what the watch shows.|
|Park's fire tower and bison pen (Yes, our park has a large area with bison. Part of Trail 5 circles around their pen)|
|Beautiful spot for our post run stretching|
and recovery chocolate milk
|Gatehouse at park entrance|
When we finished our run we met a cute old couple that just finished their walk around the lake. After talking to them for several minutes, we discovered that they have been married for over 65 years! They were both 87 years old and going strong. They commented on our running shoes being bright and colorful and that our teeth were SO white. I had to chuckle because they repeated this over and over. After they left, Kevin turned to me and said," you are looking at our future."My response to him was that if I was that healthy and able to get out and enjoy nature with my husband at 87, then I look forward to my future.
Good luck to everyone running a race this weekend. I want to wish my friend, Kim, at healthystrides.blogspot.com good luck. She is running the Wisconsin Half this weekend and going for a PR. Good luck Kim!