Sunday, October 30, 2011

Business Trip

I recently went on a business trip to Anchorage. While that might not sound exciting, I had a great trip, and managed to work in a few trail runs. It was even autumn there, a season we do not really get to enjoy where we live.

After the first day of work, I headed out to find a trail. I choose Kincaid Park and the southern end of the coastal trail for my first evening run. It was beautiful out and the sun was setting over the inlet as I ran along the shore and though the autumn colored aspen trees. I should mention, I love trees. You never realize how important they are until you live somewhere they can't grow. Anyway, It was a great first run for the trip, not exciting, other than seeing trees (and trying to climb one) but pleasant.

Several days later I headed out to Centennial Park (Anchorage has wonderful parks, by the way.) By the time I arrived, it was already towards evening. I set out running into the sunset, the sun shining through the trees like something out of a painting. Did I mention I like trees? I took a few pictures as I continued to run and found myself on a rather muddy trail. At this point I considered turning back to a more solid path, but decided to just see what happened (as always.) The trail continued to deteriorate into a marshy mess full of tree roots. I even stepped into a mud hole that sucked my Vibram clean (or not so clean) off. After digging out my shoe I continued on. The trail mostly disappeared until I came upon a bridge in the woods, a sure sign I was still on some sort of path... probably. Finally, I made it back to solid ground, albeit root covered, as the twilight began to fade. By the time I made it back I was exhausted... and smelled of mud. Another good run.

I only managed one more run during the trip. After the rainy weekend passed, I headed back out to Centennial park determined to avoid the marsh. I got an earlier start and went in the opposite direction and soon found myself on a trail leading back toward the swamp. After a quick change in direction I found myself on a trail I hadn't seen before. It was a beautiful evening. The sky was clear, the sun was warm in the sky... there were trees (seriously... I miss trees.) I dodged puddles and jumped over streams for at least an hour before I decided it was time to head back. I stopped and looked at the map on a sign post (Anchorage has a great trail maps.) Unfortunately, the arrows pointed into the woods instead of down a trail. I quickly chose a trail and continued on. A while later I came to the next sign post and realized I was not where I thought I would be. I stared at the map once again before heading off down a different trail (unwilling to turn around.) After four or five tries I finally was headed in the right direction, but much further from my car than I had intended. The sun was starting to set and I was getting pretty tired. I was ready to be done. The sun was still glowing on the tree tops as I crossed the stream running through the forest. I hadn't intended to run for two hours, but that's how it goes. The sun was setting on another run as I made it back to my car. My shin was bruised from tripping on a tree root in the last few miles, but I didn't care. It was a wonderful run, and I felt great.

I think I'll go run....

Does anyone else love business trips? Am I crazy for loving trees? I haven't done much writing. Please, let me know what you think.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Getting back to it...

So it has been about three weeks since we have been able to post...oddly enough it has been about the same time since Eric and I could get a run in together. Eric has been off on some adventures that I am sure he will blog about eventually, and I was off on an adventure of my own that I can't blog about (boring work stuff anyways, without the ability to run). It is sunny right now so maybe we will get a run in tonight....happy trails!