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Spiderweb Vortex – Eek!!

This morning, I went on a 4-mile trail run. I took a break from the trail runs while I was trying to get my knee back to normal, so it was really nice to be back out there. I went to Edgewood Park because it’s a pretty quick drive to get there and it’s very pretty. I have only seen one deer there before, but this morning I saw 3… And, the requisite lizards basking in the sun.

Today’s run had me starting on the Sylvan Trail. Not doing Old Stage Road at the start again! (More on that below.) I then took the Serpentine Trail to the Clarkia Trail. I didn’t get to the trailhead, but turned around after 2 miles and returned the way I came.

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Edgewood Park Map

I’ve posted photos from there before so didn’t really think about taking any this time until I saw this:

Here’s the spiderweb vortex!!

It’s a spiderweb that goes into some kind of crazy spiral vortex that disappears into a hole in the ground. I mean, whoa! So, yes, that’s the photo I took today. Kind of glad I didn’t meet the spider…

Then, I felt like I needed to take a photo of something that wasn’t creepy. To make up for the spiderweb, here are some pretty flowers:

These flowers are prettier than the spiderweb vortex 🙂


Hilly trail runs are nice. A bit more challenging to me than paved trails due to all the rocks and uneven surfaces, but really worth it. I feel like it’s a great workout, plus it’s lovely, plus it’s peaceful. I should really do more hill work and this is a great way to do it – I’ve learned my lesson about starting off on a really steep uphill, though. The one time I did that, it ended up making me feel winded the entire run. So, a more moderate hill is a better choice for me. Still elevates my heart rate, but it doesn’t keep me from enjoying the rest of the run. I’m learning how to make my trail runs more enjoyable and still exploring different trails. Newbie at work! 🙂 Any trail or hill advice? Let me know!

Stay healthy!

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Exercise

My First Trail Run – Finally!

I feel like I got my Saucony Peregrin trail running shoes a really long time ago… A scheduling problem here and an injury there, and I finally, finally got to take them on my first official trail run yesterday. On Mother’s Day – because that’s what I asked for.

With help like this, how could I refuse? (He’s 3, so it was the thought that counts. 🙂 )

Getting my shoe tied
Getting my shoe tied

I was a little nervous so I took it easy. 3 miles – 1 mile up, 1 mile flat-ISH, and 1 mile down. It was lovely and fun and exhilarating. 

At the start
At the start

The signage was daunting, but the only real wildlife I saw other than birds were to fluffy-tailed bunnies. There were a couple of tree roots that looked suspicious from a distance, but no rattlesnakes. Yay! And, I only came close to losing my balance once. 🙂

 Mountain lions, huh?
Mountain lions, huh?
Wait! What?
Wait! What?

I was impressed with my new trail shoes. They had great grip and felt incredibly light. They were breathable and flexible. The shoe laces are braided, which required me to double knot them so they wouldn’t come untied. That’s a minor issue, though. And, I can’t blame the shoes for almost losing my balance – first lesson learned is that you need to keep an eye on the actual trail. Lots of things to watch out for, so… do watch out for them. Rocks, dips, roots… That kind of thing.

Edgewood Park is lovely.  Once you get up the hill a ways, the views are gorgeous. I am a morning runner, so mornings work for me on many levels. I’d also say mornings are best at this park because it gets a little crowded. My first visit to this park was in the afternoon and the parking lot was full and there were a fair number of people milling about. I am not surprised about that given how nice this park is. We did see some runners that afternoon and it looked frustrating trying to get around all of us lollygaggers.

Rolling hills
Rolling hills