Monday, October 01
Today was a wonderful, beautiful day that I am so thankful for. I got to spend more time with my best friend, Trish, this morning. Driving around Madison this time of year is a treat in itself. All of the leaves are changing color and it makes for breathtaking runs. Not to mention, the weather is getting cooler which I enjoy.
I walked approximately four miles to Movin' Shoes to join the Monday run group. The weather was super cool, perfect! Amber, Morgan, Carol, Page, Kat, Sam, and a new member (Chris) ran today. We did a 3.5 mile out and back in the arboretum. The group split into varied paces. I started running with Carol, Page, and Amber at 10min/m.
The group joined together at the 1.5 mile "mailbox marker." We ran together through one of the arboretum off-road trails. This particular short loop starts past a gate on the right-hand side of the road (shortly after the mailbox marker). The trail gets narrow with plenty of tree roots, leads over a wooden plank section, then spreads out into a wide dirt trail in the forest. The trees are so thick in this part of the arb that it creates a canopy. We usually make the loop short by taking the first left on the dirt path. The forest canopy was just gorgeous--almost every tree was a bright yellow. We saw a group of wild turkeys on the forest trail as well!
When we got back on the road, Morgan and I split off from the group and ran at 7.5-8min/m for a while. We looped around to join the group again. As we were all running back out of the arb, the sun was setting directly over the lake. We all stopped to enjoy the view for a while. Talk about a real treat. Being out in nature is my favorite part of running. Getting to mix exercise with socializing and the beauty of nature is a perfect recipe for fun.
It was also Amber, our group leader's, last night with Movin' Shoes tonight. She got a new job so she'll be busy with work for the next few months. Morgan is taking over as Monday night group leader. I will miss Amber as a friend and a great group leader. But hopefully she'll be back soon.
I also walked my dog, Oliver, for a good two miles this evening. The weather was so nice that I decided to make it a long walk. I like to use evening dog walks for "me" time and to collect my thoughts from the day. Walking can be very therapeutic.
This Monday was a great start to what will, hopefully, be a great week! Not to mention a great month! Happy October 1st, everyone! I am feeling completely recovered from my food poisoning sickness that I had last week. And I'm very much looking forward to getting back to my regular running and exercise.