|PuddleThumper with Downtown Seattle in background.|
Last year I had an enjoyable trail run with a client and friend of my coach and she told me all about the trails that she runs on daily while on Bainbridge Island in the summer. Finally a year and some later, we were able to work out a time to make this trail run happen.
I took the day off from work and Coach Lesley (CL) and I hopped an early ferry to Bainbridge Island. TC picked us up at the other side and took us to Gazzam Lake trail head. Easy peasy. I had no idea what to expect but was prepared for 10-12 miles over a mix of hiking trails, single track and road. I carried my running pack with salt tabs, my energy bars and my camera, of course. The smile on my face was permanently in place as well.
her trails, I can see why. It is trail bliss over there. Gazzam Lake trails were nice wide hiking trails. We made our way onto Peters Trail (please turn off your cell phones said the sign) and popped out onto a road around Lynwood. TC knew the bathrooms were open here and so we took a break while TC chatted with someone she knows.
We made it down to Fort Ward State park trails and then back north towards Blakely Harbor Park. And I so understand why TC is such a great runner. she has been running on these trails for half of her life and each trail had a story about who owned it or some funny story which had happened. We ran on knee high grassy access roads and the stinging nettles had their way with us and I just marveled that TC never had to think about where to turn or where to go. She just knew.
It was a mini running vacation and I am still thinking about it days later. yes, there will be another one! Thanks CL and TC for making this happen.