Arizona’s Lost Dutchman 8k trail run

Playing cards with deer and antelopes post Lost Dutchman race

Playing cards with deer and antelopes post Lost Dutchman race

The hubby and I spent President’s day weekend in Arizona. Yay for sunshine and hot weather in February!! I was originally supposed to run the Lost Dutchman marathon but an injury deterred my training. So I changed my entry to the 8K trail run my husband was already signed up for.

We spent Saturday afternoon hiking Sonoran Preserve then ended the day with tasty vegan food. VegNews magazine featured Phoenix in their Jan issue so we tried out Green Restaurant for dinner and Nami for vegan ice-cream and coffee. It made for a lovely day.

Sunday started at 5 am as we woke up for our 8K trail run in Apache Junction. The course was really pretty and flat. We also discovered the ego boosting that comes with non-big city races…. I came 1st place in my gender/age division and my husband was 3rd for his. Either the course length was off or I just hugged every single curve because my Garmin only clocked 4.67 miles for the 4.97 course and my official time (36:17, pace 7:18) is way faster than I thought I’d run. The course wasn’t USATF certified so I’ll never truly know.

Breakfast featured the BEST Starbucks experience I’ve ever had. This Starbucks had a huge wooden patio with couches and tables outside….just sitting outside in the calm warmth, sipping my Americano, eating oatmeal and talking with my husband = bliss. Later we visited A Side of Heart, another vegan place for lunch. So much tasty vegan food for prices much lower than NYC. Phoenix life in February is perfect.

Hiking Sonoran Preserve

Hiking Sonoran Preserve

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