I have a confession to make. I have a love affair with Green Mountain – or more specifically – William Frederick Hayden Park on Green Mountain in Lakewood, CO. You see, it all started a couple years ago when I began seeking out trails to run and explore. I’m not sure how I came across this gem, but let me tell you, it was love at first sight – or run – whatever you want to call it.
I decided this morning that I needed to get my affair out in the open. I just felt guilty keeping something so incredible to myself. The single track; the gorgeous vistas; the challenge; there are so many reasons why I love this trail.
I tried to get up this morning early enough to beat the mountain biking crowd – as this trail is a hot spot for them too – and did pretty well, as I only passed several of them throughout my run.
One of my favorite things about trail running is the sound your footfalls make in different terrain. It’s like sitting close enough to home plate at a baseball game and appreciating the noise the ball makes as it smacks the catcher’s glove – which is why I like to get out on the trails with less crowds.