I actually slept in a little bit today (since when is 8am sleeping in?!?!?!). I had planned an 11 mile run for the day, and I was only half looking forward to completing it. Thankfully, it was still 50 degrees when I headed out, which made me very excited to go (it was probably already 80 at home at that point).
I think the best way to describe my run, was "Sightseeing Bend/ The Deschutes River By Foot". I ran about a mile and a half from my Aunt's house to the beginning of the trial head. From there I followed a dirt path that took me along the left side of the River. I eventually ran all the way up to what Bend calls the "Old Mill District". The way my Aunt Described it to me, is that it use to be a huge land mass with nothing on it until a businessman bought up all of the property and decided to put a shopping center in its place. The architecture of the buildings is really impressive, and it looked like it had some really nice stores and restaurants in it.
The path continued on to an Amphitheater, and then I sort of got lost. I just turned around and kept running until I reached a bridge that took me to the right side of the. I knew I needed to add some junk miles to get the mileage I needed, so I just ran along that portion of river and came back to where I started.
Oh, but that was not the only portion if the trail. I found a more wooded area that ran along the river, so I started running along that. It was kind of exciting, because I believe that it counted as running my first "trail". I was dodging trees and rocks, enjoying the sound of the river and loving every moment of it. after about a mile down the river, there was a foot bridge that lead me over to the opposite side of the river (The one I started this crazy run on). By the time I made it back to the trail head, I had run about 9 miles.
I started to head back to my Aunt's house hoping that I would fill my 11 mile quota without having to go too much further than her property. The only thing I didn't plan too well, was the fact that most of this was UPHILL!!! I thought I was going to die... but I took the rest of the run slowly and just kept telling myself that I just needed to finish!!! Of course right at that moment some young kid came WHIPPING past me, and left me in his dust :(
I still kept trucking and trying to calculate if I was going to be able to go straight to my aunt's house and make my 11 miles. I must of been dazing off because all of a sudden I looked to my right and found this beautiful lady...
|Deer that Scared me, and then made me happy :)|