My travel schedule’s made it tough to run consistently since completing my first marathon in April, but I’m finally getting back in the groove.
Kate and I enjoyed several runs at dusk last month. The spring evenings were cool and breezy, perfect for our neighborhood jaunts.
Then, during a May business trip, I discovered a great Arkansas trail. I was staying in Springdale and — after Googling for an area running route — stumbled onto the Lake Fayetteville Trail.
Just 10 minutes from where I was staying, the Lake Fayetteville Trail offers 4.3 miles of paved and another 1.8 miles of unimproved trail connecting the paved trail’s ends. The 6.1-mile loop crosses the Lake Fayetteville Dam, snakes up and down hills and wanders through meadows and woods.
I ran the trail two consecutive nights. On the first, I followed 3.5 miles of the paved trail out and back. The next evening, I circled the lake on the paved and unimproved trails, adding another 6.1 miles to the week’s running log.
Several weeks later, I discovered another great running route in Fort Smith, AR. The Fort Smith Historic Site, an official National Park Service stop, offers a great running loop. It flows into the Fort Smith River Park, creating a total circuit of about two miles.
Since Memorial Day, I’ve been at the BSA National Annual Meeting at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando. With the closest running trail 20 miles away, I’ve opted to log 15 miles during several runs on the 1.13-mile road circling the property and another six in its well-equipped fitness center. Not exciting … but better than not running at all.
I’m trying to decide which half marathon to run next. I’ll share details here, so stay tuned.
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