It is amazing sometimes how much I learn about where I live, or places to visit just from my love of running. I recently finally visited Borderland State Park when I got my new trail shoes :) That was the gift to myself for getting to life time goal weight!
After running a few trail runs last year, and my recent 50K in the sand I have realized one thing: I LOVE running on trails. It is almost as if I feel I was made to do exactly that. When I am running on trails I am happy. My legs feel good and it is nice to get a break from pounding my joints on pavement.
SO naturally I quickly fell in love with Borderland when I went 2 weeks ago and have been going back ever since :)
I have always liked going to the park and walking around because it is centered around this older mansion that was built back in 1900. A family lived there and the woman designed a lot of it herself. I want to take a tour of it one day, it just seems like such a nice place.
You can walk around and imagine how life was for the family and their 4 children. They had a tennis court, pool, ponds, birds and everything. Seems like a nice place to grow up :) As I run I think about that.
It really is a beautiful serene place. I have com now to love running around the trails that are there. It is hard to imagine a few years ago I could barely walk around there without getting tired and now I go there and run for 16 miles :)
My favorite trail is right there. It circles the pond and is covered in old tree roots. They make for nice little obstacles to hop over as you run.
So I suspect I will be spending a lot of time at Borderlands this summer and enjoying trail running as I prepare to tackle my next new goal, a 50 mile race :) I figure what better way to spend my birthday in June than running all day?