I am truly blessed to be surrounded by such beauty in the Boise area. I am doubly blessed to enjoy the company of some of the coolest running people around while on my ventures into the Boise foothills and the surrounding area.
Today’s adventure took place on a famous (or is it infamous) half marathon race course (at least part of it) called Robie Creek. That half marathon is billed as the “Toughest Half Marathon in the Northwest” since the first 8.4 miles are an uphill climb. Just for the heck of it today, about 20 local runners decided to brave the cold and snow, bundle up and run the course (via some foothills trails partway) to Adalpe Summit and then back down again to Fort Boise.
It was amazing! Lots of snow on the ground, snowflakes gently falling from the heavens above and smiles and fantastic conversation all around. THIS is what running is all about to me — losing myself in nature and letting myself be cleansed from the inside out by all the beauty all around me before coming back down to earth and my regular life again. Sometimes running makes me feel a bit like a Super Hero.
Elevation Gain Today: 2,291 ft. Max Elevation at Summit: 4,791
Best miles: 10 – 8:23, 13 – 8:49, 14 – 8:51, 16 – 8:10 (Running in the snow downhill in the tracks of a pickup truck and a snowmobile was pretty thrilling!)
Stats: 16.17 miles. 3:34 total time (moving time via Garmin Connect) 13:15 – ave pace. Felt: Happy