September 30, 2013

My newfound love of trails

If you've been following this blog over the last few months, you've probably noticed that I've been working more trail running into my training runs - exhibit a and exhibit b.  With Marine Corps Marathon being a notoriously hilly course, trails have been one way that I've been incorporating the dreaded elevation shifts.  I'm also realizing that they are so much easier on my knees and were a welcome break from the summer sun.  Not to mention, there is usually awesome scenery!
The view from my trail run on Saturday on a trail
along the Chattahoochee River
I've tried out a few trails locally and several while I've been traveling over the summer.  Each offers new challenges and new things to see!  Especially while traveling, they provide a nice opportunity to experience some local scenery while finishing a workout - win-win!  Here are some info on my two favorites in the Hampton Roads area.  They are always busy and bustling with athletes and leisurely walkers, alike, on weekend mornings.

Noland Trail in Newport News, VA: This trail is a 5 mile loop around the Mariner's Museum and Lake Maury (which empties into the James River).  It's peaceful and serene and one of my very favorite places to walk or run in Hampton Roads.


Cape Henry Trail at First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, VA: This trail is the longest of those in First Landing.  Oddly enough, we used to bike and hike through First Landing when our family lived in Virginia Beach when I was in high school.  Now I use this trail as a key leg of my long runs - a break from asphalt and concrete, a spot with a real bathroom and some quiet serenity in the woods.  Beware of creatures!  I saw a rather large snake (looked like a copperhead) crossing the trail when I was here last.

Are you a trail runner?
{Christine}

11 comments:

  1. Gorgeous scenery!

    I'm not much of a trail runner, but only because my one time experience left my ankles hurting pretty bad. I think I was just a case of wrong type of shoes. I'd definitely give it another try though!

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    1. I have learned I need my most stable shoes on trails. I also usually end up running slower to keep my footing.

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  2. I wish we had trails by our house, but sadly not really any that I know of!

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    1. Aw bummer, they are so great in the summer for avoiding the hot sun!

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  3. Awesome, Christine! Looks beautiful and sounds like great training runs!

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    1. Thanks, Karen! It's been nice to add something new to my normal running routes :)

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  4. Sadly we don't have any trails real close to my house; there are some in town but they are about a 20-30 minute drive from my house so I can't go there too often.

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    1. I'm sort of in the same boat, Kristen - I don't make it to a trail much more than once a month or so just because they're not as convenient. I treat it like a destination training run :)

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  5. Yay, I run at first landing state park often! It's a great trail! ~Lacey

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