Get Off The Road. Go Nature!

What better way to start off Labor Day weekend than with a Saturday Morning Trail Run!!! My husband and I are still in high spirits from our last week’s trail running in Indianapolis. So, we decided to check out Ceasar Creek State Park Trails for our Saturday morning run. πŸ™‚

It is one of the most scenic trails here in Ohio. It’s a 13+-mile loop trail for hiking/running. There’s actually a race event here on Sept 29 – White Tail Trail Half Marathon and I’m now thinking of signing up for this. The race is too soon, but we’ll see!

They do have other events too like Triathlons and Duathlons.

If you’re the outdoorsy type of person, I recommend to check out their website because there’s really a lot to do here depending on the types of things you enjoy. Next week, we’re checking out their mountain bike trails to challenge ourselves running through the hills. πŸ™‚

Our pictures below are clips from our video that my husband took with his ContourGPS. If you’re a lover of all things action and outdoors, this camcorder is for you. Feel free to post your questions about ContourGPS in the comment section below. My husband would be willing to answer them or even make a review about it for you. πŸ™‚

Watch our trail running video here.

We arrived at the trail around 7:00 am.

As we continue to follow the trail, it led us to an open field overlooking the lake to our left side.

Of course, I couldn’t let it pass. I had to stop and enjoy the scenery.

And this is me telling my husband, “look there’s the lake!” πŸ™‚

For the most part, the path is nice and wide.

It can also be narrow, bushy and rocky in few areas.

There are a few obstacles along the way. We had to hurdle on some roots and tree branches, and climb on few hills, which I think made our run more fun and challenging.

And this is how my husband dealt them.

Some parts are right next to waterfalls where you do some water crossings, but they’re completely dry this time of the year.

During the course, we allowed ourselves to stop for a while and appreciate the surroundings.

According to my watch, we ran 6.14 miles, with a little bit of walking and sightseeing on the side :).

That was one very relaxed 6-mile run! It’s very relaxing to be surrounded by trees and wildlife. I’ve heard that once you start trail running, you won’t want to go back to the streets. I know the road may seem more convenient but sometimes you should β€œtreat” yourself to something nicer. I feel the trails would prepare you just fine for your road races. You will be ready for anything and your body will be even tougher because you work a lot harder. It’s not just flat ground…you are going uphill, downhill and leaping over things. You tend to have a forefoot strike rather then a heel strike which is what you should be doing to avoid foot injuries. The ground is soft, covered with leaves, dirt and grass which is actually better for your joints. I feel like my knees are thanking me for giving them a break by running on trails every once in a while. πŸ™‚

For me, trail running shoes are not really a necessity, unless you are really serious about trail running. I know a lot of people use their regular road running shoes on trails and they work just fine. My husband and I bought ourselves a pair, anyway, since we know we’ll be doing a lot of trail running in the future. We’re hooked!

I got theColumbia Ravenous Amphibian Women’s Trail Running Shoe in Aqua/Gray/Blk size 8.

I never knew Columbia have great running shoes. At first, I tried running with them on the road. This is definitely not forgiving on your feet when you run these on the road, but when I ran with them on trails… it’s heaven! It definitely felt more natural and is extremely comfortable. These shoes are sturdy but very light. It has very good traction. I don’t slip when I run in the mud and hills. They fit like a glove and breathable with it’s mesh-like design. It has Omni-TechTM waterproof feature which helps keep your feet dry when you run through puddles and water streams. Overall, a great shoe for running. These shoes are 100% recommended. I plan on wearing them for my Mudrun race which will be in 5 days from today.

My husband got the NEW BALANCE 610.

My husband is very pleased with the fit and feel of these NB shoes. I can’t say much about these shoes but when I asked him about them, he is happy and satisfied with them. Leave your questions on the comment section below if your want to more about his NB shoes. He’d be more than glad to answer them for you.

We really enjoyed running in this trail. We would definitely come back and try the rest of the connected trails northbound next time. We want to see where that part of the trail will lead us to.

I hope your three day weekend is treating you well! Happy Labor Day!

11 thoughts on “Get Off The Road. Go Nature!

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  4. slowgirlfastdog

    That run looked great. There is something wonderful about trail running. I always feel like I’m running fast (or should I say less slow)…probably because mother nature is busy distracting me! Thanks for sharing!!

    1. jaml905 Post author

      Very true. Exactly! You get distracted by nature! πŸ™‚

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts too. Happy trail running!

  5. Alex

    That’s quite the surroundings that everyone would like to have while trail running! Very nice. Also, hurdling things, ladders, river crossing… surely beats boredom!
    And the photo+caption of your husband is particularly funny. hahaha

    1. jaml905 Post author

      Yes, it is! πŸ™‚ You don’t notice how far you’ve gone because of the scenery. I ran yesterday around our neighborhood and I find running on roads now boring. We make it a point that we drive to the trails at least on the weekends for our runs.

      My husband is a video game addict. Are you? If so, you will definitely find a friend in him. You can add him up on your PS3 friends list. πŸ™‚

      Thanks for dropping by! Happy Running!

      1. Alex

        Hmm, that makes sense. Good idea, I think I’ll look for a trail to run in the weekends.
        No, I’m not… I used to be one, but they’re all locked nowhere to be found so I can focus on studying. Sad sad.
        You’re welcome, it has been a pleasure to follow your blog! (:

        1. jaml905 Post author

          Yes, try it! πŸ™‚ You’ll definitely enjoy it. Better for your knees too. πŸ™‚
          I agree. Video games are distractions. My husband had to sacrifice those too when we were in school. Goodluck with your studies! πŸ™‚

    1. jaml905 Post author

      Thank you!!! πŸ™‚ That was a fun day!

      My mudrun is getting closer! Yikes! I’m having jitters but at the same time excited. πŸ™‚ I will definitely keep your advice. Thanks so much!!! πŸ™‚


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