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The Big D

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I flew to Dallas for the weekend to surprise my nephews, and my Dad and Stephanee-- who were also visiting. I grew up in Dallas and had not been back in 7+ years. If someone asked me what I thought about Dallas or Texas I normally didn't have very positive things to say, so I was curious if going back after all this time would change my perception. I also wasn't much of a runner the last time I was in Dallas, so I was eager to see what kind of trail my sister Gretchen would take me to. 

Saturday morning Gretchen and I ran from where we were staying to Dad and Stephanee's Airbnb, to surprise my Dad (Stephanee was in on the surprise). I wish I had a picture of his face when he saw me. I tried to surprise him in November by flying to Michigan for his birthday, but he is nosy and read an email I sent to Stephanee. So this time I was very careful not to send her any text or emails about the visit. It also meant not posting to social media and turning off all location tracking on…

Two loops with Anna

On a de facto recovery week, I txted Anna and Leslie to see what they were running this weekend. They were looking for about 8 miles, and I was looking for about 18. I wanted to not end on the uphill (so they'd agree to run with me in the future); starting at the NW 53rd trailhead was just about the best option.

Leslie decided to skip and get some much-needed rest, and Anna and I enjoyed a cool, cloudy run on surprisingly dry trails-- a far cry from the hot weather we've been having and a welcome change. The first loop went by so quickly, enjoying Anna's company. The second loop was more of a slog for me, but it was nice to zone out on the Leif and Wildwood stretches.


Start at Wildwood/NW 53rd trailhead

Wildwood (9.18) to Alder (ww 9.4)-- .22 mi Alder (ww 9.4) to Leif (1.49)-- .84 mi (1.06 total) Leif (1.49) to Maple (ww 4.22)-- 2.73 mi (3.79 total) Maple (ww 4.21) to WW (12.84)-- .86 mi (4.65 total) WW (12.84) to 53rd (ww 9.18)-- 3.66 mi  8.27 total

WW (9.18) to Dogwood (ww …

All the ups and downs

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Thought I'd have a little fun and make us hit lots of the trails between Wildwood and Leif. My first iteration was only 20 miles, and by the time I got that far into route-making I just used the easiest method of adding on. So there's a longer stretch on Wildwood from Nature Trail to Ridge. The multiple, short climbs break things up nicely.

I knew the hike up Firelane 4 would be overgrown, but I didn't realize there'd be stinging nettles there, too. Now that's incentive to get up a hill quickly!

Dogwood to ww (8.47)-- .66 mi ww (8.47) to Alder (ww 9.40)-- .93 mi (1.59 total) Alder (ww 9.40) to Leif (1.49)-- .84 mi (2.43total) Leif (1.49) to FL 1 (le 3.03)-- 1.54 mi (3.97total) FL 1 to Nature-- .53 mi (4.5total) Nature to ww (11.83)-- .65 mi (5.15total) ww (11.83) to Ridge (ww 20.99)-- 9.16 mi (14.31total) Ridge (ww 20.99) to le (8.47)-- .35 mi (14.66total) le (8.47) to Saltzman (le 6.20)-- 2.27 mi (16.93total)