After I wrote this AM’s blog post, I started thinking — man, what am I doing? I was a little mad at myself for not doing the workout (even though I had convinced my 6:01 a.m. mind that it was such a great idea). Luckily, everything worked out since my meetings in Pittsburgh ended a bit early (four hours before my flight in fact) and gave me some extra time to squeeze in a run.
I figured the best bet would be to find somewhere near the airport and after a quick Google search (how in the world did we survive without Mr. Google?) I came across the Montour Trail. Apparently this even has a connection to the airport, which is pretty awesome. The trail used to be a railroad and they recently converted it into an exercise path. From what I read online, it will eventually measure 46 miles long! That would be epic for some marathon training.
I started at the start of the trail and ventured on for three miles, doing an out and back for a total of six easy miles.
I absolutely love running in Austin (the trails spoil me!), but this was beautiful. It reminded me of being back home in Wisconsin. Lots of trees and cool enough to hit the trail at 3 p.m. (even with some storms rolling in).
I saw lots of nature — I think even a few groundhogs!
The trail is pretty straight, non-hilly and shaded. It was quiet, with a few runners and walkers here and there. I really loved the part of the trail. If I make it back to Pittsburgh, I know I will definitely be hitting this trail again.
What’s a rave run you’ve had lately? Why’d you love it so much?
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