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Finding New Routes

Drumroll Pleeeeeease! The lucky winners of the bottles of TriSlide are comments 46 and 60! Funny because 6 is my lucky number. Sidenote: Camarillo Marathon will be my 6th Marathon. EEEE excited.

Anyways, Nobel for Lit and someone I’ve met in real life, Naomi are the Winners!!! Congrats Guys. Seriously, I was laughing at all the stories of your pet peeves while running! I know I hate people who don’t say hi and when they walk in a row of 5 but some of your guys are the best. My biggest pet peeve, having a poopy run! Anyways, onward to finding some new routes!

Moving to a new area means that I must take off on new routes to find my mileage and where I’m comfortable running. Luckily, I’m still within a 10 minute drive to the beach if I want to run there, but I really love a lot of the area I have to run around my house. There are a lot of parks and, this sound really lame, but since I am trying to get my plants to grow and I’m into looking at houses and what people have done to their front yards, it’s almost fun to me to run around and see what everyone else is doing! I love looking and different houses. So the new fun thing I do?

Map my route on my hand before going:

I can’t even tell you how many times I get lost or miss a turn so I try to write everything out before I leave the house. I have to use a sharpie or it will wear off on the run and for some reason I can usually only find a yucky one that barely works, thus the artwork above. I try to shorten names and words to make it smaller too.

Along the routes though I have found some great spots! The other day I was running and saw a woman emerge from a fence and saw a whole little area back behind the neighborhood. I would call it a “greenbelt”. It’s awesome! I LOVE running back there. It’s seriously another world and the trail is all dirt so it’s easy on the knees too. I took some awesome pictures of the new area.

The trail is so nice and shady. It is a really grassy area and just blooming with different types of flowers and grasses.

I just love the area. I was so surprised it was tucked away back there! There are usually other people back there too, walking dogs, running or just enjoying the day. It’s such a nice little gem.

A big plant that is full of purple flowers. I couldn’t believe how great all the flowers were back there. Wait, why do flowers grow without being gardened and mine aren’t?!

I wish I could capture these flowers true color on my phone. They are such a bright purple and look so cool. I think they are going out of season since it’s getting warmer, but I’ve never seen anything like them.

Then, my most favorite part of the route, the poppies! These poppies are SO big, the biggest I’ve ever seen and just bloom everywhere along the path. I love seeing them and they are so feathery and light looking.

So even though I moved a little inland, it looks like I’m finding some good routes! That greenbelt is somewhere I run so often and I just love it back there! For more information on this greenbelt click here.

xoxo

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