Happy Trails

Recently I sat down and took a few pictures I’ve captured while running and created some more “homemade motivation.” This time it’s homemade motivation, trail-style, since I’ve got a lot of trail races coming up this spring!

The first photo comes from a trail run at Pandapas Pond. The quote is something I thought up myself that I think goes well with trail running 🙂

Pandapas Pond

The below picture is one I snapped while running the Trail Nut 10K in Bedford this past spring. As usual, it was one of those times where I had no idea I’d actually captured a really good picture until I got home and loaded the photo onto my computer. The quote is from a book I’m currently reading called Continental Quotient, by Kristen Lodge.

2014 Trail Nut 10K

I got a photo of this bridge while running trails in the Wolf Creek Day Use area of the Jefferson National Forest on my birthday this past July. The quote was inspired by a Tom Brokaw quote about running.

Jefferson National Forest Wolf Creek Day Use Area Trail Running

The below scene comes from the 2014 Conquer the Cove 25K trail race. Specifically, it is during a roughly 2 mile climb up a mountain from miles 8-10. The quote just fits this part of the race, and the race as a whole, perfectly. I came across the quote on several motivational posters on Pinterest, but I couldn’t find the source.

2014 Conquer the Cove 25K

Finally, I had to end with some motivation from Dean Karnazes, of course. Photo taken on the Snake Root Trail at Pandapas Pond.

Pandapas Pond Trail Running Motivation

And I stopped there because five seemed like enough, and six seemed excessive.

Are you feeling motivated? 🙂


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  1. You run in beautiful places! That would motivate me, too. I see in your sidebar that you’re running a race this Saturday, too. I hope you have a great race day!
    Tina@GottaRunNow recently posted…50K Prep & GoalsMy Profile

    1. Yes, I’ve got a half marathon just for fun this Saturday. It’s one nearby that I’ve wanted to do for awhile, and I’m running it with my running buddy, so I’m really excited!

  2. Totally motivated. Love all these photos.

    I need to get my camera back out. Our nature is widely different but just as beautiful in its own way.
    running schlub recently posted…Let The Training BeginMy Profile

    1. I’d love to see more pictures of the areas you run in!

  3. Love your pictures & quotes. In general, I’m not feeling too inspired lately. So good timing on your part. These help 🙂
    JoAnne recently posted…Around the WebMy Profile

    1. Glad it had good timing. 🙂

  4. That pic from the Trail Nut 10K is gorgeous! I’m envious of all these beautiful trails you have to run on.
    Alison recently posted…Talk the TalkMy Profile

    1. I got lucky with that one! I didn’t even know what I had captured until I got home.

  5. Those are fun and I love the idea of making your own motivational signs!
    jan recently posted…Checking Off My To-Do ListMy Profile

    1. You should make some of your own!

  6. I really want to start running trails more!
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…The 5 Best Stocking Stuffers for the Runner in your Life and a GIVEAWAY!!My Profile

    1. Yay! Trails are their own special challenge, but they are a lot of fun. The atmosphere at a trail race is the best. Totally different from a road race!

  7. I love the beauty of trail running! Still waiting for our opportunity to have you take us on a run at Pandapas Pond.
    Debbie @ Deb Runs recently posted…My Biggest Running FansMy Profile

    1. I’m looking forward to it!

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