Today was a WordPress wide 5k. We were supposed to get off the couch and walk, run or crawl roughly 3.1 miles. If you participated, the next step was to blog about your experience.
Well, here I am, blogging about an afternoon on the trail with my family. It was crazy windy today, but we loaded up the kids’ bikes and Rob and I laced up our running shoes and we hit the trail.
We began at Rainbow Dam on a section of trail we had never been on before. The path sloped slightly down hill and the wind was to our backs, not a bad way to start a run if you ask me. The trail started out paved, but turned to dirt not too far down. The kids were managing their bikes just fine, so we kept going. Then it got narrow. And rocky. And the downhill slope became pretty steep.
Then… we had to turn around. It was uphill most of the way and we had a pretty strong head wind. Luckily, we found a less narrow way back, which came in handy to help push bikes up.
The return trip was much slower, but it was no less beautiful. The sun was reflecting off the Missouri River and the wind was blowing the mist from the Crooked Falls.
Rob and I really enjoyed this particular stretch of trail for running, but it wasn’t the best area for the kids to ride their bikes. We’ll have to head out that way again soon, only we will leave the wheels at home. It would make for a great day hike.
I don’t think we completed a full 5k, but we all had a really good time out there on the trail. We got some good exercise and were reminded why uphill and windy should never be in the same sentence. It was a great day to be outside. 🙂