Summer’s little secret – The Ream Wilson Trail

So yesterday I taught Woody Allen how to come into the house through the doggie door.

Woody and the door

Clearly, I’m winning at life!  Of course, now he goes in and out all day long and it’s starting to work my last nerve so maybe I’m not really winning.  The jury’s still out on that one.

Anyway, yesterday and today I detoured from my normal running route and visited an old favorite, the Ream Wilson Trail.  I used to run there all the time but haven’t in quite a while.  I’m not sure why I stopped because it’s shaded and in the summertime, it’s a godsend.  Trust me.

 

Anyways, I thought I’d show it to you.  So, without further delay, let me introduce you to one of my favorite trails.

Ream Wilson Trail

The Ream Wilson Clearwater Trail is an off-road trail connecting the Gulf of Mexico at Clearwater Beach to Tampa Bay at Safety Harbor.

I usually run down to Kapok Park which is close to my house, run around Kapok Park and then enter the Ream Wilson Trail from there.

REam Wilson Trail

I couldn’t wait to enter the shade.

Ream Wilson Trail

It may not look like it but that’s a pretty steep hill.

Ream Wilson Trail

It wasn’t dark, it’s just that shady!

Ream Wilson Trail

I swear when you get to the bottom of this hill it’s 10 degrees cooler.

As the sun comes through the trees the next portion of the trail is beautiful.

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Ream Wilson Trail

The bridge is good practice for hills.

Ream Wilson Trail

At the end of the bridge, I go to the left towards Safety Harbor.  This is the area where I always see bunny rabbits.

Trail

Ream Wilson Trail

Can you believe all this shade?

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Ream Wilson Trail

Ream Wilson Trail

Still Shady!

Ream Wilson Trail

Can you see what’s at the end?

REam Wilson Trail

Just up ahead across the road is Tampa Bay.

Ream Wilson Trail

When I do my long runs I sometimes turn left here and head up towards the Safety Harbor Marina along Bayshore and I cannot even tell you how beautiful it is.  Unfortunately that part of the run is not shady but you do have the pleasure of running along side Tampa Bay so I guess you just have to pick your battles.

Maybe I’ll share that trail with you next time.  You might have t to wait til winter though or at least til it’s a little cooler out.  Until then, I’m sticking with the Ream Wilson Trail.

Ream Wilson Trail

 

Tell me about your favorite place to run when it’s hot outside.

 

15 mile Long Run, Done, bring on the weekend!

Happy Friday! I love Fridays, don’t you? Maybe it’s the anticipation of the weekend or the fact that I normally take Fridays off from running so that I can bargain hunt but either way…I love me some Fridays!

No bargain hunting this morning though, nope. As mentioned above, I usually take Fridays off from running, but MacGyver and I are going to our cabin this weekend which means, I had to get my long run in…TODAY! Nice.

So, I got up bright and early this morning and sat on my butt for 2 hours and then headed out around 7:30ish and just for you, I took a lot of pictures.

I started out in my neighborhood and then ventured down to the Ream Wilson Trail.

Ream Wilson Trail

The Ream Wilson Trail goes down to Bayshore Blvd. in Safety Harbor and you can see the water while you’re running.

Bayshore, Safety Harbor

And at the end of Bayshore you come upon the Safety Harbor Marina and Pier

Safety Harbor Marina

Marina

Safety Harbor Pier

The sunrise was really beautiful this morning but our sunsets are a thing of pure beauty.

At the Pier, I realized I only had 8 miles done so I decided to run over to Phillipe Park.

Phillipe Park

Bridge to Phillipe Park

Pillipe Park

I know, I know, it is really hard to run here. All this beautiful scenery, it’s just miserable….but just in case you don’t believe me, take a look at this:

Phillipe Park

Phillipe Park

Once I ran through Phillipe Park, I turned around and ran the same path home, you know, cause the scenery is so bad and all. Fifteen miles, done.

I love the feeling of accomplishment I have after I’ve finished a long run. I feel like I could conquer anything. It’s such a great feeling.

When do you do your long run? What do you do if you can’t do it on your scheduled day?