March Madness for many may be ball sport related but for me the Madness of March 2012 is all about the weather. My family and I are rushing around trying to fit in as many outdoor activities as possible afraid that the weather will make an attempt to return to winter. As of yesterday, we had 4 straight days over 80 degrees and I wonder if that is a record? Today may “only” reach 79 degrees but time will tell.
Yesterday I met up with the F’N Running Club to enjoy a run thru the Hickory Hills extension. It was labeled the St. Paddy’s Day run and ironically, I showed up in pink. Don’t ask. Kathy showed too but was in red and refused to be in the pic so she was the photog for the day. Thanks, Kathy! From left back: Me, Kevin, Lisa, Brian, Jim, Kim, Susan, Nicole, Tara, & Angela. From left front: Jeni, Don, Julie, Diane, & Maggie.
We also saw Melissa, Wayne & Nicole F. out running the trails. WooooHooo, F’N Runners! It was a beautiful day with temps in the low 60s when we began.
Since it was so nice, I took full advantage of it by stopping for several pictures. I was having breathing issues too so it was a good break
until I realized the group was waiting on me while I was lolligagging.
It was a 9 mile day for me on Saturday. Not what I like distance wise for a long run but between the hills and my breathing, it was enough for one day.
Today I set out to meet up with the Park Forest Running and Pancake Club in Schubert Woods. I didn’t make official run plans for this morning because last night was date night and well, no need to plan something that may not happen. But, of course, we were home and in bed by midnight and Michael gets up between 5 and 6 am no matter what, so I was up to run. I decided to go meet up with the Pancakers since I haven’t run with them in a looooonnnnnnng time, like my last run with them was the day before I found out I was preggo with Michael in February 2009. And the bonus is that they run at 8 am on Sunday’s and somewhat close to my house so it wasn’t a big rush.
I wasn’t really sure where I was going, which was a bit stressful, but I knew I had to head toward Sauk Trail and Western, then what?? I had the map up on Eve
my gps and as soon as I got close to that intersection I saw Chestnut Street pop up to the north and that triggered a buried memory that I was supposed to head that way. So I did, turned on Chestnut (off of Western Ave in Park Forest) and ran right into a trailhead. Yay for dumb luck!
Unfortunately, I only saw one car and nobody waiting around so I assumed that nobody was coming. I knew this Sunday run group was really light so I thought possibly with the racing schedules today or
St Paddy’s Day the long run yesterday, that nobody was going to show, so I took off running right at 8 am. I was instantly in LOVE with the beauty of this trail and wondering why I had never been able to come before now.
The main trial is a 4 mile loop. There were lots of access points with parking and port-o-pots, plus I even saw picnic areas. The trail had light traffic for today and was mostly shaded. This will be an awesome spot to run when the temps are soaring this summer! I only had one spot where I questioned the direction, and ended up running a short spur that lead to a road before returning to the main trail. So if you go by yourself, just say on the loop and keep going in a circular motion. However, my
lolligagging and picture taking misdirection allowed the Pancakers to catch me! When I came back to the main trail after that short spur, I saw Mark B, Sue & Rob H (who mostly runs with Yankee). I picked up the pace and ran a bit with them before Sue & Rob dropped at the trailhead to return to their cars.
Mark & I ran on to hit the “The Shoot”, a set of woods across Sauk Trail for a few more miles. And then we picked up Alexis!
Alexis is a local chiro who I have attempted to make contact with on many occasions over the years. However, it seems our schedule between work and kids is not very compatible so this was our first meeting and I’m super excited to have finally met her! According to Jenny G, Ms. Alexis recently “pipped me to the pole” in a local 5K race, so it’s good to know the chick who very recently kicked my ass racing. Now I while can keep my eyes open for her “sneaking up” on me in the future!
The “Shoot” was an older section of the trail and very shady with mature trees and mossy green on the trail. Super sweet! This photo was in motion, so not as clear as I’d like but still cool!
Today was a little over 8 miles for me. Not fast at first but a few fast miles in the middle with the group, then I had to back off toward the end because I was toasted. But I could breathe much better today and that is a huge WIN. I was seriously thinking I’d have to go to the doc. Yikes! But I’ve pocketed hubby’s inhaler and am feeling decent. Yay!!
Have you tried any new trails lately? Do you think all trails look the same so find yourself content to run the same place all the time or are you always up for an adventure?
Last day to enter the Aspareris Pivot Shorts Giveaway HERE.
Happy Adventuring! Amanda – TooTallFritz