Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Running at the Blevins Trail

In the spirit of 'Try New Things This Summer', it was only appropriate to explore the Blevins Trail for a little holiday trail running this Labor Day.

Blevins Trail is located just inside the Usery Mountain Regional Park on the outskirts of Mesa.  Legend tells a tale of stage coach robbers Usery and Blevins, who acquired some  gold during one such robbery.  While Usery was convicted and served his time, Blevins was never found guilty.   I guess dead men tell no tales.

If you've never been out to this spectacular park, you're really missing out.  The saguaros and Palo Verdes and barrel cactus that dot the landscape are especially beautiful at sunrise.  The gravel trails twist and turn through the desert vegetation and lead you through dry river beds and over sandy hills.  The facilities are so well maintained, I've yet to see one piece of trash anywhere.

If you're looking for a way to spice up your morning runs, this is IT.

There are some great benefits to trail running:  stronger ankles, higher knees, as well as core and balance workouts.  Spending time in such a beautiful location, surrounded by the Superstition Mountains with distant views of downtown Phoenix is more a boost for the soul than anything.

You can find out more about the Usery Trails here.

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