I Love Trail Running in Frick Park
After finishing my road racing “season” for this year a while ago with the Run Shadyside 5K that, frankly, left me quite exhausted, I returned to my true love, running easy in the trails of Frick Park, just minutes away from where I live.
On Monday, enjoying the strangely warm and dry weather, I did my usual five-mile route in the morning. The autumn leaves were not yet in full glorious color, but I took along my camera (for the first time ever on a run), to capture some of the experience.
I began by jogging slowly to the closest entrance of the park, the blue slide playground.
I ran past the playground and the meadow area to get to the Riverview Trail. I prefer getting off concrete and asphalt as quickly as possible when running!
I took Riverview Trail to where it meets with the Riverview Extension Trail that sharply goes downhill, but veered off to take the Lower Riverview Trail.
I like the Lower Riverview Trail because it is relatively more isolated here and is a long, winding trail with tree roots and shade that make the terrain feel more natural. This is where at other times of year I see deer crossing my path.
Finally, I reached the Falls Ravine Trail, which descends all the way to Fern Hollow. I enjoy this section of my route because I like to run downhill, and to the sounds of the stream that lies along the trail.
Reaching the bottom, at Fern Hollow, this is the point at which I use the water fountain (if it is turned on), and then (if I am doing my five mile run and not a longer one) reverse course to return home.
I always see a lot of dogs when in Frick Park. But this day, while running back uphill, I saw something I don’t usually see: a guy with his dog high up climbing up well off trail!
Here’s a video I took while running along one of my favorite windy sections of the Lower Riverview Trail (warning: very choppy footage).
Finally, on the way back to the blue slide playground entrance to the park, I saw my last set of dogs.
Off road, I always run in my Vibram FiveFingers KSO Trek shoes. I love these shoes. They are comfortable, breathe well, do not give me blisters, and protect my feet quite sufficiently against rocks.
I love trail running, I love Frick Park, and I feel blessed to live in Pittsburgh, and near such a park!comments powered by Disqus