I spent the past two weekends in Albuquerque. I think every running who likes cities and loves running trails should visit there. The Bosque trail is the best urban /wilderness trail I have run. We caught it just off Mountain Blvd, right in downtown and were immediately cloaked by trees, rivers, ditches, birds and jungle of reeds; it was fantastic.
I have been bitching and moaning about my quad for weeks, it is all very boring but Sunday was a real turn around in my joy of running. I went with my friend Hondo. We started out thinking we would make a 5 mile circle on the trail, Hondo would stop after 5 and I would make a second loop to 10. Instead, as soon as we got off the road and onto the trails winding around the Rio Grande banks, we just kept running and running. We had not planned on being long but before we know it, we ran 17 miles. I wore my HR monitor and kept saw afterwards my HR average was 72% which is rare. I often run way over that, even on what should be my aerobic run. This run further convinced me to keep long runs and easy runs at 70%. The run felt great, I was not tired, I didn’t hurt too much anyway. I had not planned on that run so I wore my Saucony Type A5 usually reserved for track running and racing, so my feet were a little sore from the rocky parts of the trail but not bad. When got back home to meet Laura who spent the morning pampering homeless animals and helping them find homes. Laura is Hondo’s wife and one of my funnest friends, she and I met in 2006 hiking the CDT for Backpacker Magazine. We went to bunch at Hannah & Nate’s in Corrales and thankfully timed it right to miss the church and mother’s day brunch crowd.
There are paved bike trails and an abundance of dirt trails on the Bosque. You can check out the maps here. I want to run the there everyday! I want to live in Albuquerque, wilderness trail running followed by delicious food, great coffee and all things weird. It is a weird city caught in some strange 1970’s time warp and I like it, so do my legs and my dogs. When the dogs are happy I am happy.