Scott and I took advantage of one of his rare Saturdays off and headed to Maudsley State Park to run. We have plenty of trails around our house so that we normally don’t have to drive anywhere, but it’s always nice to change things up. Maudsley is maybe a 10 minute drive from our house, so we arrived pretty quickly. Then Scott reached for his wallet to pay the $5.00 parking fee. Nothing. We combed through the truck. More nothing. Fortunately, as we started to count the random coin collecting in his truck, we easily counted out the $5.00 needed to continue our plan!
Lots of runners, walkers, people riding horses; yet we never felt crowded. The trails are easy and allow you to zig and zag as desired. Even someone like me (sans internal compass) would have a hard time getting lost. We left Bella home for this jaunt (she got an earlier trail run before we left), since she would’ve had to be leashed and that just isn’t as much fun. For either of us. Add the fact that there seemed to be no horseflies. WIN.
When you’re feeling in a bit of a funk with running, it’s so great to run somewhere other than your everyday courses. It’s also a bonus when you're following some of the most talented runners already running the Western States 100 run out in CA. Not that our 6 miler was hard, but as I ran, I thought about the amazing athletes covering 100 miles over some very challenging terrain, elevation, and conditions. Not sure if I have another 100 in my lifetime, but it sure is intriguing to watch the female winner finish in 19:05….I was running (or slogging at that point) for another 10 hours during my trek at Ghost Train. Gulp.
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Today is the second rainy Sunday in a row, but yesterday’s beautiful run along with the knowledge that some of the more mortal runners are still making their way to the Western States 100 finish line, motivates me to get out there. I just have to channel last Sunday’s “let’s be 10” sentiment that found me splashing in puddles…
Getting a run in during beautiful or rainy conditions is truly worth every cent.