I have my own Running Trail!

There is only one way that I can tell you about my weekend and that is to divide it into a two-part post. Wait, I guess that’s two ways to tell you about my weekend or two parts of one way or, never mind. Let me just start by telling you that I am actually functioning on less than 4 hours of sleep so I can’t be held responsible for anything I might say or do.

You may wonder why I don’t just wait and post when I’m rested but the truth is I have to tell you about the one thing that made me so happy I actually want to go back to the cabin as much as possible.
And that thing is this:

dog town trail

Dog Town Trail

Let me just fill you in on some quick details. MacGyver and I bought some land in a recreational area known as Suburban Estates. It’s located just outside of St. Cloud, Florida in a little town called Holopaw. We bought several acres and then built a small cabin on the land. Most of the landowner’s in Suburban Estates name their camps. Our camp (land) is called ‘Dog Town’.  MacGyver and I are the Lords of Dog Town.

Dog Town

                       Welcome to Camp Dog Town!

Hank the 4 wheelin weenie.

Oh you think you’re the Lords, bwahahahaha. Dog’s run this town lady!

There are no utilities in Suburban Estates so everything had to be built with a generator and solar power and the old-fashioned way, swinging a hammer. When we go out to the cabin if we want to run lights or fans or anything electrical we use a generator or solar power and even though we have a tiny bathroom inside the cabin and a sink with running well water we do not have an indoor shower.

Instead we have a water tower that we pump water into,  It runs down into the shower which is underneath. It looks like this:

tower shower

The tower shower.  Showers in the summer are fine, in the winter, not so much!

You may also notice the hand pump, we use that to quickly wash our hands and such after we’ve been out mudding or getting dirty.

Anyway the whole point of building the cabin was to go riding on our ATV’s, motorcycles and mudding in our Jeep.  We even have our very own shooting range. It’s all a lot of fun but way too hot to go to in the summer months and in the winter I like to train for races and so that presented a problem.

Until now…..

because this weekend MacGyver and I built my very own personal running trail, The Dog Town Trail.

Aubrey on the trail Hank on the trail

It’s pet friendly, kid friendly, ATV friendly, and folks, I love it! It’s completely flat right now but we may add some hills eventually. The entire trail is perfect.  Small but perfect.
And now, without further ado, let me tell you about my new trail:


high grass

First, we had about 4 and a half feet tall grass to mow, literally acres of it.

This is what the property looked like before. We had a hella bunch of mowing to do.  It took several hours Friday night and all of Saturday.  On Sunday morning, I got up bright and early to run six miles on my new trail,

which looks like this:


I marked my starting point with a red line. I have no idea why. It just seemed like a good idea.

Dog Town Trailrandom trail turnthrough treestrees

dog town trail

This is one of my favorite parts of the trail, it just winds around a bit but it’s so pretty.

dog town trail

The trail early in the morning.  It was so quiet and peaceful.

I am beyond excited to have a safe and beautiful place to run out at the cabin.  I wish you could all come and run it with me.

I have to warn you though, trail running in Suburban Estates is fun, but hard on your shoes, (and your feet).

running shoes from trail

It’s a good thing I brought my older PureFlow 2’s. They were trashed!

It’s time to shop for some trail running shoes!  If you come back tomorrow I’ll tell you all about the rest of my trip and I think you just might enjoy it.

Do you like trail running?  (I hadn’t run on trails in forever, I forgot how much fun they are!)
Do you find it’s harder to run on trails, pavement or treadmill and what is your favorite? 
(It took a while to get my footing down so I didn’t trip.  I’m not sure if it’s harder but it’s definitely different from the treadmill or street and so far I love it.)

10 thoughts on “I have my own Running Trail!

  1. Your OWN running trail, wow!! Plus a huge piece of land for ATVs and other fun outdoorsy activities. I’m so happy for you!! I’m sure you’ll derive a lot of enjoyment from it. 😀

  2. How cool are those trails!!?? I am jealous.
    I do like trail running, where I live there is only one trail area, the only problem is it becomes a swamp the moment is rains 3 drops. So I always have to ask myself, has it rained in the lat 78 hours, if not I’m good to go! lol
    I think technically trail running is harder, I really have to pay attention to not hurt myself, I like running on our paved rail trail and least the treadmill only because again I have to pay a lot of attention or I hurt myself. 🙂

    • I hear you, I really have to pay attention too. I’m pretty uncoordinated as it is but throw in a few tree roots and it could be catastrophic. Fortunately the hubs is pretty good at digging all those things out. 🙂

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