I woke up at an ungodly hour to put in a few miles in honor of National Running Day! My injury has been much better the past couple weeks, so I felt safe running a little. My trail of choice for a 6am run was the Al Buehler cross-country trail that surrounds the Washington Duke Inn on Duke’s west campus. My car was one of two when I got there a little before sunrise, and when I left 45 minutes later, there was a line to find a parking spot. Obviously, it’s the place to be! Probably because it’s supposed to get up to 98 degrees today (seems like Durham has confused itself with south Florida) and running at 6am provided the best temperature option.
The trail itself is great, with scenic views of the WaDu’s golf course. However, there are a few hills that no matter how many times I run them, I will always mutter certain 4-letter words under my breath because they are HORRIBLE. I walked them all today, and even still, they’re a bit ridiculous. But, among the soft sunlight and chirping birds, I had a very peaceful run.
Go outside and get a run or walk in today! Or, read through the list of 10 Ways to Celebrate National Running Day and do the one that’s best for you. It’ll make you feel good!