Pine Scented Trails

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.

Duke Trail 1 Duke Trail 2 Duke Trail 3

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.


About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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