My friend Ana, is on of those triathlete folk. She likes to ride, swim, and she runs too. She is a really strong runner, and she kicked my ass all over the trails. It's nice to have a buddy that will drag you along for a run. Early into the run, she told me. "There are snakes. They're poisonous. You will die!" That was the first of many gut checks that day.
|I like to wear knee socks when I run trails, these won't protect|
me from snakes, but they do help from getting scratched up on bushes
and shrubs. BTW these are cheap Target C9 socks. 6 pairs for 10 bucks!
We headed out into the Cottonwood trail system. I thought that we would run 12-13 miles, but in the end, I was content with 10 miles. Running on trails is so much harder than running on a flat road.
The first three miles were a straight uphill climb. I'm proud of myself for not walking up this stretch.
|I'm running my ass off, and my friend|
is taking pictures while she is running uphill
We got to the top and then we went back down some switchbacks. I was extra careful because I have a fear of heights and breaking my face.
|That skinny line in the dirt|
is the same trail, we were running on
in the previous photo.
We then climbed another two miles uphill. The second half of the run, was mostly downhill, we were trying to push the pace, but again, you had to be really careful with your footing. At the end of the run we spotted some wild burros.
Here's the stats and a few more pictures.
|This is why I don't selfie. I don't know if I'm trying to smile|
or be serious face in this photo.
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