Isaac and I have always been fans of running outdoors, and if you haven’t tried it yet, now’s the time to do it! The weather has been gorgeous the past couple of weeks here in North Texas, and I’ve loved this nice taste of spring we’ve had. One of my favorite things to do is get out and enjoy the fresh air and soak in some beautiful sunshine. We are lucky to live in an area just a mile from an awesome park with wide paths and great scenery.
I have enjoyed running for a long time, but I really got into it during cross-country in high school when we would spend hours outside running the streets of my hometown. I loved going to meets where we ran through fields, down tree-lined paths and over little bridges. That’s when I really got hooked on running in the outdoors. I can probably count the number of times since then that I’ve run on a treadmill with one hand. There’s just something about treadmills that is not the same as going outside and feeling your feet hit the pavement and the wind across your face.
Now that I’m a mom of two (and pregnant with number 3), running hasn’t been my exercise of choice lately. I love going to Bar Method (hello cardio, strength training and stretching!) and walking! I’ve always said that walking uses muscles that I didn’t know I had, and still feel that way today. It’s been an amazing way to still move my body without the stress of running on my body. I definitely miss the adrenaline rush of a good run, and know I’ll eventually get back into it, but for now walking is my jam. :) And thankfully the kiddos love it too!
If you live in the area and are looking for some new places to go walking or running, here is a list of some of the best trails to try in the DFW area. Some of them are places we’ve been to before and others that we plan on visiting soon!
I hope you try one of these places out! If you have a favorite running trail you’d like to share, please leave it in the comments below. I’d love any recommendations!