"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Running Shenandoah Crossing, VA

Twenty miles east of Charlottesville, VA, lies the Shenandoah Crossing Resort. For those of us in the "anywhere but a beach" crowd, (and even a few of you sun and sand lovers as well), this Virginian hideaway is a perfect place to relax while enjoying the great outdoors.  Hiking, horseback riding, kayaking and freshwater lakes and pools; what's not to like love about a few days of this!
Cool Shenandoah Valley mornings 
Of course, any good getaway must pass the running test.  I'm sure you ask the same questions: Are there accessible running routes? How scenic, interesting or unique are the runs? Am I inspired to wake early and take off, even though I could easily sleep in? Surely everyone checks this list when reflecting on vacation? So, the answers: Yes, Extremely and Most definitely!
Single track along the 60 acre lake
Pastures and barns along the route with curious onlookers
While at SC I got in my planned 7, 4 and 7 mile runs. The perfect distances for covering the property.  Runs were equal parts road and trail.  They were also equal parts running alongside pastures, lakeside views and forest paths.  I got in plenty of hill work, speed work and dodging piles of ..... well, just piles that you don't want to step in - work.
Watch your step .......
I'm sure you can tell that I give this travel trail a double thumbs up.  Not a surprise as I am a sucker for single tracks and mountain running. Now it's time to get back to reality and await the next great location.  Here's hoping you are enjoying your summer vacation as much as we are ours.  Keep running with horses .... literally!
Trails throughout, complete with deer, rabbits and bear (or so they say).

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