Happy trails

21 01 2013

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being a guest at Mission Trails Regional Park. I’d been there before, but never ran any of the trails. It’s gorgeous, definitely more so in the summer/fall, but still a sight for sore eyes or however they say. Anywho, I made the drive up there…and apparently you can drive some of it, but I had my sights set on trying out my new trail shoes.

mission trails view

We met with one of the commissioning committee directors for our ceremony in Anchorage this May, and she was telling us all about the sights and tours set up for us in Alaska. She mentioned that the city of Anchorage running club would like to take our ship’s running club on a trail run or two. To which I promptly replied with asking if there was snow that time of the year. She said that there is snow from time to time, and it’ll be around 50 degrees, but they run on trails rain or shine, or shall we say snow or cold…

Thus, I was in need of a new pair of shoes and some trail runs to get under my belt. I went to REI (one of my faves) and picked up a pair of Solomon trail shoes.

http://www.rei.com/product/837429/salomon-xr-mission-cs-trail-running-shoes-womens

They are pretty damn awesome if you are into trail/road running. They have great support, yet still comfortable. So I decided to pop the proverbial cherry and try the new gals out.

It was gorgeous out yesterday and there were lots of people out and about, it’s always nice to see people taking advantage of the views and weather. I tried out the “visitor’s trail” which is only a mile or so round trip, but I ended up taking an inadvertent detour and made it down to a creek. It was downhill halfway, and by the time I got myself up the back half, I was hanging on by a thread. Luckily, there was a semi-fit couple in front of me keeping me in pace. I like to nonchalantly stalk other runners, it’s easier to keep your mind off pacing and enjoy the views instead. As I’m trekking my way up the hill, I get to the top and see this couple, and as I do the “excuse me as I pass-I’m trying not to fall-” nod, the elderly man with a walking stick yells (over my headphone-age), “keep it up! you can do it!”

It really lifted my spirit that a total stranger would shout out words of encouragement, and that’s just what I needed to pull me through the last leg of the trail. When you see someone struggling, don’t be afraid to encourage them along, trust me your words will be heard!

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