And, the “Run of the Month” award for November goes to…
Thanksgiving 2013 Trail Run
There is an on-again-off-again tradition of running with my dad on Thanksgiving morning. The stars aligned and we were able to meet for a run at El Moro on Thanksgiving. It was a fantastic run; one that I will want to repeat as soon as I have the chance.
A few stats about my dad to give you some context for “running partner”: 61 years, 3 time Iron Man finisher, Ultra (as in 50 miles) marathon runner, lover of standard poodles, and wise guy. We met at the Ridge Park Trailhead and intended on running for about an hour. Regardless, there is no way he was letting me set foot on the trail without at least one handheld water bottle.
The Bodenettes (my kids) were on a father/daughter run of their own, so I was free of my double-wide jogger and able to explore single track trails. I left it to my dad, the El Moro aficionado, to choose the route. The first half of the run was almost all downhill, making the second half a serious (1400 ft) climb.
We met up with my dad’s friend Keith for the first three miles. The last time I ran with Keith was at the 2004 Mud Run, so it was fun to hit the trail with him again. He is training for a 100 mile race in June 2014. When I asked why he wanted to run 100 miles, he said, “you know, it’s like an Iron Man. You just want to try it.” No comment.
It was absolutely gorgeous and my mind tried to convince my body several times to spend the entire day running through the canyon… but since it was Thanksgiving and all, and I’m not in the habit of running more than 6 miles at a time, I decided to stick to the “home at 9am” plan. We ended up running 7.5 miles and I enjoyed every step.
The run set a perfect course for Thanksgiving. Connecting to the natural world on foot is a sacred experience – the smell, sound, breeze, trees, critters, caverns. It is all a wonderful privilege to encounter. As I drove home to my sweet family and a day of celebrating, I was overwhelmed with thanksgiving.