Thankfully, most of my runs don't take place on sidewalks on the side of the road.
I am lucky enough to live next to a beautiful running path that runs alongside a wash (or a river during monsoons). This path goes for miles. I've done a 16 mile training run on it alone. The city is trying to connect it with other paths so it will be like a bike super-highway. :)
Some parts of it even have a nice, flat dirt trail along it.
During the spring, the palo verdes start to blossom. It is such a beautiful sight!
|A blossoming Palo Verde tree.|
Sometimes, I get lucky and see some cool wildlife along the path.
On a few of my night runs, I've seen a barn owl just hanging out on the railing. It was huge!
I've also seen coyotes, hawks, snakes, and prairie dogs.
One night, I may have seen a bobcat prowling the wash, but I'm not too sure...
|On this run, I only saw a few prairie dogs. But aren't they cute?|
There are a bunch of these holes along the path.
They can either be prairie dog holes or snake holes.
Or they can just trip you.
|Sometimes the snakes are hiding in bushes like these.|
I've seen a few slither away.
Also, when the wind blows certain plants, they sound like rattlesnakes.
That will definitely make you jump on the trail!
Sometimes, I like to shake it up and take a different direction. There are so many different paths to take, I never get bored. I love my route! :)