Snowshoeing at Five Rivers

Yesterday Christine and I went for a short snowshoe adventure at Five Rivers. We only had about 45 minutes of daylight to work with, but we did have a special bonus–the full moon!

We even saw some deer munching on something under the snow. I didn’t get any pictures of them because they wouldn’t have come out, but it was pretty neat.

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We probably wandered around about a mile on the trails. It was fun!
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Trail Running at Five Rivers

I’ve said it a million times on this blog, but I really do love trail running.

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As you can see, last night I went out for my first run since May 26. My foot was feeling great. I applied some Topricin to my heel before I left, made sure to stretch well, and drove with my friend Loretta to Five Rivers for the Albany Running Exchange’s Trail Run that they host every Thursday night at a different location.

Last night was at one of my all time favorite places to run, Five Rivers!

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Last night was the first night in what seemed like forever where it wasn’t a billion degrees with 100% humidity. There was a nice breeze and the sun was going down. Perfect!

We ran a 2.5 mile loop through the park.

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My favorite part is that we get to run through fields and past ponds and streams. I love it.

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{thanks Loretta for taking pictures with your phone for me! I just slightly edited them on instagram…!}

Running again felt great too. My legs felt super fresh. I ran the whole 2.5 mile loop. I can’t remember the last time they felt that great. My plan is to ease back into running, doing the trail run with the ARE once a week, and then slowly add running back into my routing a few times a week.

My foot felt a tiny bit sore after the run, but after icing, stretching and sleeping in my night splint last night, its fine today. I can tell if I want to continue running that I need to be pro-active and keep up with my stretching and not be lazy when it comes to icing my foot every night because it really helps.

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First Trail Run of the Season!

Its almost summer! Every summer the Albany Running Exchange has a summer trail run series where they have a group run on a local trail once a week. I finally joined ARE for the small fee of $10 a year, mostly because I really wanted to partake in these runs.

I really love running on trails. Its such a great feeling to be out there running with nature! And who can complain when you can see these views?

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Over 100 people showed up the run the trails at Five Rivers, a local Environmental Education center with tons of fields, trails, and streams. Its also full of wildlife.

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Running through Five Rivers was awesome. My mom and grandma used to take me here as a kid to walk through the woods and then check out the education center and see the owl who lived there! I think the center was closed tonight so I didn’t get to see if the old owl was still there! Running through these trails brought back lots of memories. 🙂

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I ran with my running buddy/blend Melissa and also ran into my friend from work Jesse.

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One loop of the run was about 3.5 miles! My garmin ended up at 3.39! Since it was a trail we ran a bit slower than normal, and finished the one loop in about 37 minutes. Despite fatigued legs from Body Pump this morning, I felt great!

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Trail running is awesome! I finally found a way to do it more often! I will most likely be back to run with the ARE!

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