If we were going for a run today, I'd take you to one of my favorite viewing spots. It's just a few blocks behind the University of Oregon campus in a beautiful neighborhood. You run up a steep hill under some large oak trees (take it slow and steady) and emerge at a clearing across from this funky cool house at a view that makes me want to just sit and stare.
Stop here and just take a look around. Looking east from this spot you'll see the Willamette River, Pre's running trail and the Cascade Mountain Range.
Looking west, you can see more of the river, running trail and even Autzen Stadium (home of the Ducks!).
But just around the bend, you'll find Pre's Rock one the side of a road where he crashed his car and died one night after drinking. Every time I run past it, there are new pieces of memorabilia, medals, notes, running shoes, flowers. There's no doubt Prefontaine has left his mark on the running world as runners near and far come here to this legendary spot.
After we go up to take a peak at Pre's Rock, we turn to run up and over the hill toward Hendricks Park where we're greeted with more hills and trails. We'll run for at least another mile or two on the trail before turning around because you just can't leave this place without running trails.
This is my happy place. Whether it's a coffee shop, that friend who knows your entire story, or a coveted hiking trail, we all have things and places that just feel right. This run always makes me feel on top of the world.
If you ever come to Eugene, I'd be happy to be your personal running tour guide. Just give me a holler!
P.S. I took these photos on my run about eight weeks ago so that's why it looks so pretty and sunny. We're currently enjoying a little rain and temps in the 40s and 50s here in Eugene.
What's on your list for today? I'm heading to get my namasté on at my favorite yoga class and then I see lots of studying and homework in my future. Oh joy!