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Friday, June 11, 2010

MN Running

As I mentioned yesterday, I kept up with the running while on vacation, but I kept most runs short and didn't run anything longer than 6 miles. In general, the running there was great: Temps were perfect, scenery was beautiful, and the change of environment and routes was refreshing. But, by far, my favorite runs were the ones I did at the Cowling Arboretum, which is on Carleton College's campus in Northfield, MN where Jerry's family lives. After first entering the "arb," the trail crossed over a scenic little creek, and on one run, there were even a few ducks splashing around there as I ran by!
For the most part, the trail was wide and flat as seen here:
So it was easy to run on; although, parts were more narrow and hillier, but for a trail-rookie like myself, this was perfect. An additional benefit to the trail running is that it was mainly solitary, so when I had to pee, I just dropped trou and peed along the trail. The downside to that was when I stopped running, the mosquitoes caught up to me.

But don't let the mental image of me squatting by the trailside surrounded by mosquitoes ruin the picturesque description I am attempting to demonstrate about these runs. Here, to make up for it, is a picture of some of the wild flowers that sprinkled the forest along the trail.
All in all, I thought my runs in the "arb," were some of the best runs I've ever had. Period. I wish I had scenery like this near me, but sadly, here in South Florida, I mainly get to look at traffic lights and cement. Oh well, at least I now know where I want to go run when we go back for future visits.

I have one more post about MN running that I'll post tomorrow, and then...drumroll please...I will have a review of my new Garmin Forerunner 110 for you! Yes, hold onto your pants, I know you're eager, but be patient.

12 comments:

fancy nancy said...

Looks beautiful!!!

Christine said...

I agree, very beautiful! Can't wait for the Garmin update :)

Lisa said...

so pretty. i've never had the opportunity to run in something like that. maybe some day...

Firefly's Running said...

Ah...this is what I miss from running in MN. I still have not found anything that has come close yet here in IL. I can't wait for more pics.

teacherwoman said...

And that my friend, is why I love the Midwest! (Minus the mosquitoes!)

RunningLaur said...

Very pretty. Mosquitoes would be great motivation to keep up the pace!

The "Please no littering" where as the others are hard and fast rules confuses me. hmm.

lifestudent said...

Do Garmins even work in MN?

:)

Aka Alice said...

It's sooooo GREEEEEEN! We never see that kind of green in SoCal. Beautiful!

Her Name is Rio said...

Very pretty place to run! I'll just pretend there's no mosquitoes out there!

N.D. said...

it looks gorgeous - what a treat!

Marlene said...

It looks amazing out there! No wonder you loved it.

X-Country2 said...

Looks beautiful!