Start line of the 10 miler - you can see my white hat to the right of the guy holding the yellow sign, and just underneath the left railroad light.
Crossing the finish line - I think I look a little too serious here, but I am actually having a good time!
Had a very nice 13 mile run this morning. It was warm at 75 degrees, but there was something of a pleasant breeze that helped. Actually felt a bit speedy at times.
An amazing amount of birds today. Lots of yellow warblers, American redstarts, and common yellowthroats at various places along the trail. I also heard numerous sedge wrens in some of the swampy area along Elm Creek. Eastern wood-pewees were singing all along the route. I love this time of year in Minnesota.
A couple of other nature notes: the red-winged blackbirds have started defending their nesting sites, which means they have begun to dive-bomb runners, bikers and other pedestrians. This is something I get a big kick out of, as they are such feisty birds!
Also, I had to tiptoe around three different snapping turtles on the trail! One was actually laying eggs, so I presume they were all looking for a spot to do the same. For the smaller and much cuter painted turtles, I will frequently pick them up and move them off of the trail out of harm's way. However, I am going nowhere near the snapping turtles, as they are big (some are enormous) and can be really dangerous. That, and they are definitely not cute.
Until next time,