Monday, July 22, 2013

Trail Running

New favorite run. And that's a big deal. It's pretty hard to beat mountain sunrises, beach sandy trails, knee-deep snow, running all over red rocks, and drinking cold water from mountain rivers. But they were just topped. By Sweden. GAH!

This is what it looked like for most of the time. 

I had run on the trails in the forest next to where we live a few times before, and was impressed with the sights to see. But it wasn't until this time around that I decided to follow the yellow trail markers. I think there was a race held here recently, because the markers aren't permanent. Anyway, it was an extremely well-crafted run. A perfect balance of beautiful vistas, dense forest, a good smattering of uphill, downhill and flat, and just the most fun terrain: baby pinecones, rocks, dirt, branches and fallen trees to jump over. Just thinking about it makes me want to be running. So many mossy rocks! Two lakes! Tall, scandinavian spindly pine trees! The cleanest air you'll ever breathe! 

And to top it off, throw in perfect weather! It was the perfect temperature for running in shorts and a t-shirt; not too hot, not too chilly, with a slight breeze to keep you from overheating. I started my run at 9:00 pm (yay for Sweden!) and the sun was setting (it takes a while to set). So I ended up running in a really beautiful sunset and dusk for the next hour. Oh, it melted my soul. 

Real Swan Lake.

Just happened to find a dock along the trail.

Flowers, huge mossy boulders, lakes, swans, butterflies, fields, forests: it's almost too idyllic. But that's Sweden. 

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