What do you get when you cross two two trail running momma's, an extra thirty minutes of preschool, one of the first beautiful days of fall and a training schedule that says not to run long runs this week? A compromise, that's what... a compromise.
I woke up to a beautiful over cast sky with a slight breeze and occasional sprinkles. The boy's preschool was going on a field trip and would be back late = extra momma time! The trail was calling, no YELLING my name and there was no way I wasn't heading up. But there's that whole, "you have your first half marathon in two days... don't over train" thing. A hike up and run down wouldn't break the deal, right?
We headed up to the Dry Creek section of the Shoreline Trail... My favorite! We got hit by a pretty good down pour as we walked up to the trail and as we got going I realized the trail was muddier than I'd expected. I fall just fine on my own without mud and the Murphy law of my lingering first half. I decided not to tempt the "ha-ha" (imagine Nelson from The Simpsons) gods anymore than needed, and my quick cheater run turned into a long hike.
I've run this trail countless times, but haven't hiked it in a while. It was nice to slow down and see what I miss at a faster pace.
So, sit back and enjoy my hiking vacation slide show... drinks anyone?
The mountain line in the rain... GORGEOUS!
I love me some acorns.
We met this guy on our way down. Pretty cool looking.
FALL LEAVES!!! yippee!
Some of the mud... I totally would have bit it....
This view never gets old.