Over the past few years I've stayed in Phoenix during the holidays, and just love being able to explore my own back yard with the few extra days off work. On Christmas Eve I joined a group of people from the WMRC (Wednesday Morning Running Club), for a trail run through Phoenix Mountains Park, led by Honey A. We ended up running about 13 miles with more than 2000ft of climbing. It was a nice run, and even nicer group of people. The running community out here is great!
The Sunday after Christmas, Matt, Robert and I drove out past the foothills of Ahwatukee, AZ to the end of Chandler Boulevard where new trails have recently opened on the West end of South Mountain Regional Park. Eager to see what lied in store for us, we climbed several switchbacks from the beginning on our way up trail #1 towards the National Trail. I was loving every minute of it. Steep climbs, stunning views, and a fast paced trail along a ridgeline high above the city that eventually looped back around to where we started. Sure Christmas doesn't feel the same without the progression of seasons or the white stuff falling from the sky, but hey, where else can you run in shorts and a t-shirt in late December?