|Man-made formation of some sort just off the shore|
With Shari's mom heading back to Washington, I had to drive both of them to the airport this morning. Since Shari accompanied her mom until she boarded the airplane, it gave me the opportunity to find a new place to go running since I had a good hour and a half to kill.
Unlike most cities, the Salt Lake Airport is very casual and for the most part easy in and easy out. This is doubly true for Sundays.
I thought about going back to the bike trail, but I opted instead to drive about 10 miles west and run along the frontage road to the I-80. Fans of mine may recall that I ran the Salt Aire Half Marathon along that route this past November. It isn't the most scenic run ever, but it does have its natural beauty.
I wanted to run along the frontage road for a bit and snap some "on course" photos.
I was the only runner out there, but there were a handful of site seers and cyclists. The weather was in the mid 40's and sunny with a stiff breeze.
|Rough estimation of what I ran. I suspect I went further into the lake.|
The frontage is well marked with mile markers from all sorts of races they have there. So even without a Garmin, I knew how far I had run. At around the 2.5 mile mark, I found a dirt road that was gated off. I saw some "tourist" signs and managed to find the pedestrian area to access it.
After quickly grabbing some pictures of the signs, I saw that the trail continued towards the lake, which has receded a great deal because there hasn't really been much rain or snow this winter.
I wound up running all the way to the lake's shore. I basically hugged some markers that led the way. Portions of the silt / sand were sort of gummy to run in, but for the most part it was smooth and soft landing for the majority of the run.
Overall it was a really interesting run...
|Just heading out and looking at where I ran. The copper mine can be seen|
|Stansbury Island out in the distance|
|Typical stretch of frontage road|
|Stagnant water along the frontage road|
|I ran from the copper mine in the far distance|
|Almost to the lake|