The weather had warmed up again and it was time to pull out the shorts and t-shirt. I’ve been bored with running my normal routes lately and since I got home early from work and the sun was still shining I decided to make my way to the park. Thankfully since the last time I wrote about the park I have learned my way around and am able to make the loop without any wrong turns. I eased my down the embankment to get along the creek at the bottom.
I was amazed by how different it looked. Just two weeks earlier I had taken the dog I’m watching for a walk. Granted there had been torrential rains on Halloween (hence my need for dog sitting), but there was water flowing through the creek and there was even a waterfall. It was so peaceful with the sound of running water and being surrounded by the trees even though the highway isn’t that far away.
The two weeks had taken their toll and the ground had soaked up the water. I ran along the path and where there used to be waterfalls and places where the trail was overtaken by water was now dry rocks and the makeshift cement trail. I was still enjoying being one of only four other people on the trail and feeling like I wasn’t stuck in the city.
I continued on and made it to the spot where I should turn left to make my loop up the hill only to find it impossible to turn. I knew they were doing some construction to connect this park to another, but I didn’t think they’d block so much of it off. This meant that my 2 loop run was now becoming a multiple there-and-back. While it wasn’t what I’d hoped for, it was more enjoyable than pounding the pavement alongside the cars. I was able to let my mind run free in nature and truly enjoy my run.