Hidden Gem- Springfield (MO) style

Distance: 7mi

Miles to go: 1399

National Recreation Trail LogoYesterday I ran the Galloway Creek Greenway in Springfield MO.  This is a well maintained, scenic blacktop trail that winds through the southside of Springfield.  It was easy to find, well marked (markers on the trail every 1/10 of a mile!) and I never felt like I was lost so it was a very comfortable run.  This is a US National Recreation Trail with spurs off to a dirt trail and connectors to many more miles of trail.  The part of the trail that I ran finishes at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.  I think the next time I run this trail I will start from here and run around this area first.  I turned around just as I got to it and it really looked interesting.  This is a mostly suburban trail that goes in and out of forest, by a creek, and through neighborhoods.  You do have to cross a couple of streets but they are well marked so you don’t miss the trail on the other side of the street.  This is one of several good trails in Springfield.  I can’t wait to come back and run another one!

I picked up a new pair of running shoes on the way out of town.  My old ones died a horrible death and I don’t like running daily in my trail shoes.  I decided to try New Balance for a change and picked up a pair of 1061s.  It’s a comfortable shoe and I was able to slip into them and run 7 miles without too much discomfort.  The only problem I encountered was the fit in the toe.  Unfortunately, they are a bit narrower in the toe box than my feet are used to so they squeezed my toes together a bit.  This caused a nasty little blister between my big toe and it’s next door neighbor.  I’m hoping that as the shoes break in they will mold a bit to fit my feet better so this doesn’t become a continuing problem.  I guess I just didn’t expect a shoe known for being wider by default to have any problems with being too narrow!  Other than that they were comfortable and breathable.  No complaints.

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