Today I knew I wanted to head out for another 4 miles, but was just going to run in the neighborhood...boring. It was raining the entire day, and after a couple naps and some pizza :) I decided to be a little more adventurous and check out another new trail I'd never been to. I threw on my rain running gear, grabbed my camera and hopped into the car. Enter:
When I got there, I followed the road to the end, checked out the map and then drove back to the entrance, where I hopped onto the nearest stretch of grassland trail. I had no idea where the trail was going, and there were numerous trails branching off of the one I was on. So, I decided to just go with the flow and hop on as many of the branches as I could and see where I would end up!
Hmmm, which way should I go?Everything was started to bud and bloom, and it all looked so cool in the rain...
I wound around some stretches and started up a decent climb for a good view of the preserve...
Then some more climbing, and a little bit of mud :) ...
And then, the greatest thing appeared before me...SINGLETRACK!!!
These stars were on a bunch of the trees...I'm assuming they were trail markers, but they were really inconsistent
I found a part of the trail that branched off and brought you down to the stream...it was really pretty
It was tempting to cross here since it was shallow, but I decided I'd give it a whirl next time, and with a running partner in case I "crash" :)
This is in the middle of the preserve...I took a peek inside and there were old-fashioned school desks in neat rows, a chalkboard and an early American flag hanging in front...it was really cool!
Nice little post-run stretch sessionWalking back to the car I saw this little pipsqueak on the ground and, remembering a recent thread on the List, decided to save a life today and put him back in the grass :)
This was a fantastic run and I plan on going back, often. It was a mix of flat grassland trails, muddy singletrack, pavement and some very nice climbs and views. I got 4.45 miles in without repeating any section of trail. I planned on just 4 miles today, so I'm pleased with how it all turned out, and my knees appreciated the cushy trails. The really cool part was that I was the only person in the entire place, the entire time! One car drove in as I was leaving. It was so fun to have the whole place to myself. Check it out if you're ever in St. Charles, IL :)
Paige "Crash", out.
I trained for my first marathon across the street at the Great Western Trail. I never knew this existed. Looks like a great place for a looped 50K Fat Ass event ;-).
Thanks for posting Crash. I definitely want to cross that stream and see where it takes me.
Ya know, the entire time I was there I was thinking about how cool a FA 50k would be there...
Fun! I love this kind of post. The bread-n-butter runs. Day in the life. Keep on keepin on!
Let's see if we can make it happen. I want to include the river crossing too. Need to have the river crossing!!! :-).
Done and done. We are SO making this happen...it can be the second FA in the new Chicago Ultrarunners racing series :) Love it. A bunch of us should meet for a run there soon to pick a loop, and figure out what's on the other side of the river. So fun!!
Yes, a Chicago Fat Ass Trail Series ("ChiFATS"?). McLovin' it! I'd like to play around there maybe Saturday and scope it out. I don't need a bunch of people for me to cross wade through that river to get on the other side ;-).
Could make for a nice Fall event.
Ha! ChiFATS, that's great! Well, make sure you have Kelly with you at least...so if you fall someone can get pictures! Hehehe
I actually might be out there, too, Saturday afternoon or early evening as well. Depends on what I get into that morning.
Good run, Paige, and beautiful pics! Love those self-portraits.
How did you manage to stay so clean running in all that mud? :-)
Paige. Two great run reports. I enjoyed your LeRoy Oaks trail report; I need to check that out. Maybe a Chicago Ultrarunner group run one weekend (Palos this weekend). Thanks for posting Ian
Dan, musta been the pearls :)
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