This "winter" we're having in the valley has been incredible. The running hasn't been bad either. That's thanks to my new, and possibly favorite place in all of Arizona to run (at least in the Phoenix metro area). The city of Scottsdale acquired several thousand acres of land to extend the McDowell Sonoran Preserve all the way to the border of the Tonto National Forest, and the recently developed trails are outstanding. The newest section offers gentle rolling single track around a few stand alone mountains with endless combinations of trail circuits, and it's all smooth sailing. I have spent the last six weekends up there for my long runs with distances typically ranging from 16 to 19 miles and have created different loops on each outing. If you don't believe me, check out this picture or go see it for yourself!