I’ve never been great at seeing goals all the way through. Prime example, if you look back at my blog I was planning on running 27 miles on my 27th birthday this year. Due to physical set backs I didn’t accomplish that goal. This year instead of making “goals” I thought of fun things I’ve always wanted to do, or enjoy doing and came up with a list of 6 things I want to try to do this year! We have a trip planned with some friends to Thailand in January so that already is a step towards number 4 on my list!
As the weather starts to cool off, everyone enjoys being outside more. If the typical morning stroll is getting old then try out one of these trails for a change of scenery!
1. West Columbia River Walk: Great place to go walk with the family/dogs. There is also an outdoor amphitheater.
2. Riverfront Park: Great place to run along the river. Very flat and a great place to get miles in for running/biking/walking.
3. Guignard Clay Quarry Loop Trail: A great trail for a run or walk.
4. Sesquicentennial State Park: There is a dog park and great running/ biking trails. There is also a new splash pad for kids in the summer! You can also rent small kayaks/paddle boats/canoes to take out on the lake.
5. Clemson Extension: Miles of hiking and running trails along with some small ponds. This is also where the SC State Cross Country meet is held every fall.
Around Lake Murray:
6. Harbison State Forest: Miles of trails for running/walking. There are some trails for biking as well.
8. Dreher Island: Perfect place to hike, camp, and fish with the whole family.
Enjoy getting outside and having fun in Columbia!
I called my dad ecstatic about my grand idea to run a marathon on my 26 birthday. My dad kindly reminded me that I was turning 26 in just a few short days. Somehow I had mixed up what year it was and how old I was turning (still not sure how that happened). So I told my dad, “fine I guess I’ll just run 27 next year.”
I’d said it out loud, I was going to attempt to run twenty-seven miles on my twenty-seventh birthday!
My parents have always been active and raised us to love activity versus sitting on the couch playing video games. From a young age, I was involved in sports and as I got older I found that I loved the social aspect of running. That might sound like an oxymoron but running with a group of friends and talking about life is one of my favorite things to do. I ran cross country all four years of high school, ran recreationally in college, and I’ve coached cross country at the schools where I lead Young Life.
Running has been a huge part of my dad’s life as well and so it is something we’ve always enjoyed doing together. My dad has ran multiple marathons, including Boston, and he encouraged me to train for and run my first half marathon in college. We ran the Nashville Rock n’ Roll ½ marathon together and it was a really special experience.
We moved to Columbia about 3 years ago and I loved running through different parts of town to learn more about the area. I liked running so I could look at houses better than if I was driving in my car (funny how that lead to me pursuing Real Estate later on).