This weekend I was in North Carolina for a dear college friend’s wedding. Since it was an evening wedding I had a little bit of free time when I arrived in the afternoon. What better way to be at my old stomping grounds than to squeeze in a short run along a pine tree-lined trail with the beautiful blue skies overhead. Destination: Duke University’s Al Buehler Cross Country Trail that loops about 3 miles around the lovely Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club.
After a long car ride it was the perfect way to shake out the stiff muscles and breathe in some fresh air and the scent of pine and nature. The natural terrain was easy on my joints, especially my right knee which always hurts after pushing the gas pedal on long road trips (even if I do utilize cruise control for awhile). I ran/walked for about thirty minutes and found myself breathing heavy–there are a lot of hills! But then again I can’t complain. I was not running stairs at the nearby football stadium.