Friday, July 24, 2009

Saxon Trails, Sort Of

AM: 46 mins.
6+ miles
15 mins. core/stretching
PM: 4 miles

This morning Jordan and I decided to shake things up by seeking out a brand new running destination, the newly-created trails at Saxon. Jordan heard about this new spot from OU head coach Martin Smith, who was in the store the week prior bragging about blazing this path with the help of the Iron Wolf (if you haven't already checked out the Iron Wolf video on Jordan's blog, I suggest you do so now).

On the plus side, we located the trails with relative ease and managed to find an easy access point. That said, we were a bit disappointed to discover that the terrain was still quite crude in many places, with rocks and tree branches scattered across a surface that could already be described as uneven at best. After completing one loop of roughly two (very slow) miles we decided to make our exit. I think the park will be top notch when it's completed, but we may have jumped the gun by a few weeks.

Since we were already parked along a country road southeast of town, we decided to finish out the jaunt in this pastoral setting. We saw very few vehicles and were instead greeted by horses, cows and even an ill-fated snake. I thoroughly enjoyed being out in what felt like the middle of nowhere (but was actually only a few miles from where we set up shop at the Norman Conquest last week). Running in town is fine, but you can't beat a few peaceful miles in the country with nothing but rolling hills in sight for miles.