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On The Trail: Anywhere my feet can take me

Jill Beathard
The Aspen Times

I wasn’t much of a runner until I moved here and discovered “trail running.” To some, it might not matter, but for me, running on a trail versus pavement makes all the difference physically, but mostly mentally.

Last summer, I was nursing an injured ankle, and despite discovering some new trails, almost every run I did set me back a few days, so I never progressed the way I wanted to. But I’m strong and healthy again now, and it feels great.

I started running again a couple weeks ago as part of my post-Food & Wine recovery plan. In the handful of runs I’ve done, I’ve yet to do the same trail twice.

I felt out my legs on the trail to Weller Lake. The flowers were nuts two weeks ago on Ajax Trail — lupines, Indian paintbrushes, monkshood, baby’s breath. You name a Rocky Mountain wildflower, Ajax had it. It was just before sunset, and I didn’t see a soul until I got back down to Koch Park.

A few days later I was at Maroon Creek Trail — I need someone to tell me how to make this a loop without hitting pavement, but this is one of my favorite places to run. It’s cool and shady, I love listening to the sound of the creek, and again, there were some crazy wildflowers as I left the rec center.

The rain forced me into the gym for a few days, but this week I got the East of Aspen Trail in and hopefully something in Snowmass by the time this hits the press. With the countless other routes I’ll take this summer without ever having to leave the valley, running can never get old in a place where there’s this many options and where the trails look different every time you come back.

Your trail suggestions are highly appreciated.

jill@snowmasssun.com


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