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Roots, Hills, Streams: Trail Running Nirvana

Sunday I ran the Backyard Burn 5 Miler. It was perfect trail running weather.

Hubz was sweet enough to come out to support me and snap some good photos.

I love the trails at Fountainhead Regional Park. No matter how often I run here, I never tire of these trails. There are roots, hills, flats. A little bit of everything, even a mile of road to start. 

Dashing through the leaves

As a bonus, the creators of the Backyard Burn blaze a few new trails which can only be run on race day. I love the change-up.

Overheard as I passed a guy on a steep, gnarly downhill: "This sure is a root-y mess of a trail."

Speak for yourself, dude. It doesn't get any better than this!

I was pleased with my pacing and effort. I felt that I pushed the edge without blowing up, and appreciated the privilege of being able to run in the woods on such a beautiful morning.

Finishing strong

Now, I'm looking ahead to Thursday's Turkey Trot. My PR there is a fast one. But you never know.

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