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Sunday, March 22, 2009

The Joy of Trees - Four Miles of Bliss

4 miles run (33:59 - 8:59, 8:26, 8:33, 8:01 - 8:30/mile)
1.06 quick walk

total: 5.06 miles

63°F
Current: Mostly Cloudy
Wind: E at 0 mph
Humidity: 39%
course: Herrick Lake

finish
58°F
Current: Mostly Cloudy
Wind: E at 0 mph
Humidity: 41%

Trees are common in the western suburbs. Lakes, trails, streams, woods. We have it all. Herrick Lake is part of all this with a beautiful system of reclaimed land. There is a joy there not found in traffic. Not streets to cross, cars to dodge, litter to hurdle. Cigarette butts (found in abundance on Butterfield in front of Glenbard South High School) are nowhere to be seen.

Frog voices crowded the air. Walkers found the trail, As did a few couples. A perfect spring day? Not until the flowers come out for the run.

The run itself went easier than expected. I averaged 8:30/mile with plenty more in the tank. A mile walk after that brought me back to rest.

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