Spring had finally sprung this weekend, so it was time for me to leave behind the gym’s stationary bike, walk outside of the exercise classroom, and stop dressing for my jog like I was leaving Everest base camp. It was time to head to my favorite state park, Sky Meadows, turn on the Spotify (playing the Lynyrd Skynyrd classic), and remember why I love jogging on trails. I started my run by heading up the North trail to the summit of many of the park trails. It wasn’t easy, and I definitely was not looking speedy and pretty. The steep trail made my jog look more like a walk while lifting my knees really high, but here’s the view I enjoyed when I got to the top:
After huffing and puffing my way to the summit, I enjoyed a run back DOWN the hill – heavenly! Then it was a nice relaxing run along the Gap trail, listening to the gurgling stream (and a little Carlos Vives) and avoiding the newly emerged spring azures, clouded sulphurs, and cabbage whites. Yes! I had to watch out for fluttering butterflies! As I returned to Mt. Bleak House at the center of the park, I felt tired, but refreshed and renewed. Nothing like greening that exercise routine!