Except for the absence of a few other fellow running friends, this morning's run was about as good as it gets!
Four of us met up at 5:00 a.m. at our local chat trail that runs along side a litttle river.
It was pitch black dark. . . the really seasoned runners in our group can run this trail blindfolded. I'm not that gifted and had to use a little flashlight.
The temperatures were wonderful. Not the blasting heat furnace we've been excperiencing a lot of this July, but much cooler. It was humid, but that's Missouri in the summer.
Three of us wanted to get in 14 miles, one other didn't have a specific goal. . .just to see how it went. Boy oh boy.....it went well! She had been feeling under the weather the last few days, but today.....she had a great run. The pace was good, she felt good and she hit 18 miles!! She's got a marathon coming up next month. . .she will definitely do well with it!!
Once the sun starts to rise is my favorite time on the trail. It's amazing to watch everything come into view while the sky explodes with color.
This time of the year the scenery at the trail is so beautiful!! Lush green in every direction. . .with lots of sunflowers, angel lace and a variety of other wildflowers !
There are also several farm fields along the way, sporting their seasonal crops.
The animal life was pretty sparce today. We usually see a least one deer, but they must have been sleeping in this morning. :) There were many Indigo Blue Buntings entertaining us as we plodded along and an occasional cardinal as well. I didn't see any geese or ducks fly over, but did spot (what I think) was the amazing wing spread of a heron in the distance.
There were tons of bicycle riders on the trail, too, but not many other runners. It will be full of them tomorrow as many are training for upcoming fall races ...... our trail is perfect for that!
It felt great to complete those 14 miles today. . .a real accomplishment. I certainly appreciated the company of Karen B. and John. . .conversations along the way makes those miles go by lots faster!
After a shower and a nap, it was time for lunch!
THE STONE RABBIT enjoys listening to me tell him about my adventures of running with friends. . .today was no exception! He was very proud of our long miles . . .so were we!
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