If you run with us you already know that our group has a more casual training philosophy.
That’s not to say we’re not dedicated to training and improving our times, that we’re not serious about our sport: it’s more that we also understand (probably) none of us are going to set any records, and getting out on the trails with good people is as much the purpose of our participation as anything.
So when the tone of a Sunday run flips to this –we’d like to do about fourteen klicks, but let’s find something interesting while we’re out there– you can understand why no one is too worried about their pace or their training plan on a Sunday morning.
Our city is pretty cool. Our river valley and connected creek system are considered one of the largest natural urban park systems on the continent. [Citation Needed?] And our meetup spot has at least half a dozen access points to those trails.
Interspersed in that natural beauty, city life continues, and occasionally while out and about you clash up against the urban part of that equation… like this future-proofed highway underpass-slash-creek-culvert: Ten years ago when the highway was built, they added a pedestrian underpass for a future park trail system, but the trail system hasn’t caught up quite yet, so with a little bushwhacking exploration and not-quite-a-trail adventure suddenly you find yourself hanging out under a highway, admiring a decades-worth of graffiti.
I’ve been down there a dozen times, but I love leading folks who’ve never seen it. Someday, it will just be another bike path. That someday is soon, I suspect as the condos and urban sprawl creeps closer with each visit, but for now it’s the secret graffiti tube that makes for a wild run.