Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Why I Have A Hard Time Running On Roads (Toquerville Falls, Utah)

I run on the road sometimes. Sometimes during the week I don't have much time before work. I don't have time to drive to a trail. Roads are more convenient. So I run on the road sometimes. But I don't like it.

And here's why:

When you've had the experience of running on stunningly beautiful trails.....and they're so close by.....and there are so many to choose from......suddenly running on the road just seems, well, blah. On Saturday I took a group of people to Toquerville Falls in southern Utah.

There was a great mix of old and new friends. Some had been to Toquerville Falls before but a bunch hadn't. On this run you get initiated to big climbs immediately. (And somehow it always feels like it is uphill both ways.)

Though I generally consider a run on dirt to be a "trail" run, the route to Toquerville Falls isn't really much of a trail. It's more of a dirt road. A steep, rocky, and in some places really crappy road. But still a road.

To me it still has the feel of a trail though. It's out in the middle of nowhere. No civilization. Fresh air. The only sound you hear is wind blowing over the hills. Which is basically my description of heaven.

Once we made it to the falls, it was fun to hang out and laugh for a bit before heading back.

My friend Jack snapped this picture of me where I gave my best impression of a fluorescent marker.

"Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt." ~ John Muir

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