Tryin’ To Catch Me Runnin’ Dirty?

The Wildcat Loop Trail at the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve offers a little bit of everything—meadows, woods, single-track, and plenty of climbs.
The Wildcat Loop Trail at the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve offers a little bit of everything—meadows, woods, single-track, and plenty of climbs.

It felt like spring in Northern California on Sunday—with clear, sunny skies and temperatures creeping up to the mid-60s, so I decided to celebrate the incredible day with a trail run in the Rancho San Antonio Open Space Preserve. (I googled “best trail runs near San Jose, CA” and this one was at the top of the list.)

Looking pretty while getting dirty!
It got warm out there in the woods, so I stripped down to my pink t-shirt, which just so happens to match my sunglasses. Looking pretty while getting dirty—love that!

A short, 25-minute drive from where I live, the preserve boasts more than 23 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and horseback riding.  The website said the Wildcat Loop Trail was great for running, and it wasn’t kidding! I got in a fantastic 3-mile workout (plus the warm up and cool down jog from the car to the trailhead) and counted several other runners burning up the track out there, too.

Pretty Muddy $10 OffOn a high after running on dirt, I signed up for another messy kind of experience when I got home. I’ve been invited to join Team Pretty Muddy and participate in the Pretty Muddy 5K in Sacramento, CA on June 29. This will be my first obstacle mud run ever—and I’m psyched to be able to share the experience with you. But instead of just reading along, I’d love for you to join me! You can get $10 off the registration fee if you sign up by March 1. Click to it already!

Did you discover a new trail this weekend? Have you ever done a mud run?

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Are You Ready For National Running Day?

Tomorrow, June 1, is National Running Day. And since I like to think of myself as an ambassador of running (casual, non-pro level, conversational pace, out here for the smiles and the miles), I would like to officially welcome you to participate.

All you have to do is run. Seriously, it’s that easy.

Sure you could sign up for a fancy event (get $26 off a Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon; $13 off a Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon; $10 off a Rock ‘n’ Roll 10k; $5 off a Rock ‘n’ Roll 5k; $20 off a Muddy Buddy; and $20 off a TriRock event if you register for one on June 1, 2011), but if that seems too complicated to you, just run down your driveway, to the next mailbox, or to the end of the block.

I’ll be driving from NYC to VA for my baby sister’s wedding, so I won’t be anywhere near my favorite place to run—Central Park. Still, I’m planning to stop in every rest area and jog a lap around the parking lot. Yes, it’s going to make my travel time a heck of a lot longer, but I’ll do anything to be able to take part in this glorious holiday!

Tell me, how will you be celebrating National Running Day?

Originally posted in Running With It on Shape.com.