I love to run, absolutely love it! The running trails I normally run on are already paved, streets, or flat fields and tracks. My boyfriend took me to Wissahickon Park, which is a part a Fairmont Park in Philadelphia. This park has so many different trails to run, bike, hike, and even ride horses on.
The trails we chose were the unpaved rocky, dirt terrain up a large hill. Now I know this sounds quite intimidating to some, but I thought that this was the greatest run. It was different from what I was used to, a new atmosphere to run in, and kept me alert the entire time I was running (You have to know where you are stepping if you run on this terrain, otherwise you can seriously hurt yourself.)
It was very scenic, we ran through the woods right along the Wissahickon creek. It was pretty cold out, it had flurried a little bit before we decided to head out, so we were both bundled up greatly, with layers on top of layers, gloves, and ear warmers - we were warm and we were ready to run.
I think I may try and get more into this type of running. It’s different from what I’m used to, and will be good when a change is needed
Run Keeper is a great running app that I like to use that tells you the distance you ran, your run time, your average pace, calories burned, and more. When using it today it told me that we ran 4.67 miles in an hour, averaging bout 12:56 minutes per mile. Not bad for a trail run, huh?
If you are not a runner, Wissahickon is a great place to go for a walk, hike, mountain bike ride, and horse ride. If you are interested in finding a new place to go for these activities in the Philadelphia area, this is a good spot to try.
Jenna Webster, ACSM, ACE – Personal trainer specializing in empower busy women to live healthy and active lifestyles!”