Such a great trail run last night. The views were amazing and the group I was running with was awesome!
A few weeks back I was researching some of the trail runs here in AZ that occur during the summer. Aravaipa Running was the first on the list which happens to be owned by Ultra marathoner Jamil Coury. For my fellow trail runners, Jamil is a very accomplished runner and has attempted the Barkley Marathon in the last 3 years which in itself gets you mountains of street cred. As I researched more, I found that Jamil actually hosts weekly group runs throughout the valley that anyone is welcomed to come and join….WHAT?!?!?! I immediately reached out to some buddies to see who would be available to join one of these runs with me. Nobody wants to visit a new group without knowing somebody lol. So last night a buddy and I headed to some trails about 30 minutes from our house where the group was running. It was absolutely fantastic, they put together 3 pace groups so everyone has choices based on their own experience. My buddy and I chose to run in the middle pace group which was just about perfect for our first time out. The group moves to different parts of the valley so it will be hard to run with them each week but I plan to join when they are a bit closer to my side of town. Oh and did I mention the views were amazing….