Merry Christmas Eve

I hope you’re gearing up for a memorable Christmas. It’s a special time to gather with family and friends, celebrate the birth of Christ and give thanks for life’s blessings.

Which include the ability to run, of which I hope to do plenty in the next week.

A strong tailwind is blowing me into the holidays.

Several weeks ago, I logged two great runs in Rogers, AR, which boasts an outstanding trails system in cooperation with neighboring Northwest Arkansas communities. Stay tuned for a post over the holiday break on how I believe Independence could create and benefit from  such a network.

If you want to learn more about the Rogers, AR trails system, click here. The system map gives you a bird’s-eye view.

I started out by logging eight miles on the Cambridge Trail, which begins at Cambridge Park and winds behind industrial buildings and north Rogers neighborhoods along a gently curving concrete path. Later in the day, I ran another 5.5 miles on the Northwest Arkansas Razorback Regional Greenway, which ultimately will connect Northwest Arkansas communities’ trails systems into a comprehensive walking, running and bicycling network.

On the heels of my exhilarating Arkansas runs, I carved out time last weekend to connect six Independence parks and four city and state trails on an historic 11-mile route. Again, follow my blog over the holiday break for a post on how Independence could formalize and promote such trails with minimal effort and resources.

I was unable to log a daytime run Saturday but did peel away for an hour after dark to log a brisk four-mile walk over an enjoyable downtown Independence route. Clipping along at an average pace of 13:40/mile, my kids are certain I looked odd to passing motorists. Nonetheless, it was a great experience.

On the afternoon of Christmas Eve Eve, I squeezed in a challenging 7-mile route in northwest Independence. Despite the taxing elevation changes, my prior runs paid off and enabled me to cover the course at a 9:31 minute/mile average pace — a real clip for this 43-year-old duffer.

I look forward to logging a Christmas Eve run today and hope you’re able to notch a memorable jaunt or two over the holiday break. Winter is a great time of year to pound the pavement.

So layer up and hit the road! You won’t be sorry.

Happy running!

Kansas City Runner

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