Running in Valley Forge

Today I had my first official training run for the Chicago Marathon! It was very exciting!  I went to work in the morning and then got out early and headed straight over to Valley Forge National Park!

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I was so excited to switch up my run today! I was such an awesome feeling to be running in unfamiliar territory. It made the time fly by!

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The really fun part about running in the Valley Forge National Park was all the amazing history!

I even got to run past log cabins! Woohoo!

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Can I just say that today was absolutely gorgeous?! I love the blue sky and the green grass!

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There were lots of people out today on the trails. People were running, walking, biking, walking their dogs, walking their kids – everyone was definitely out and about. 

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Valley Forge in Pennsylvania was the site of the camp of the American Continental Army over the winter of 1777–1778 in the American Revolutionary War.

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I ran (and jumped!) past the Memorial Arch.

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Everything was so gorgeous. I barely remember running the whole time, I was just in awe of everything!

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Did I mention I loved the log cabins (and camera self-timers!)! 

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Part of the loop that I did was covered in shade  and the other part was out in the open. I enjoyed the mix.

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I was having a blast running in a new territory!

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There were even cannons along the way! Cool!

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About halfway along my voyage I had a GU Chomps pack from the North Face Endurance Challenge packet.

The strawberry flavor was yummy!

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Did I mention the skies were crazy blue?

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Here is a little peak of the trail I was on. The Joseph Plumb Martin Trail was claimed to be around 5 miles long, but when I ran the first half of my loop it was closer to 5.6 miles. It was a nice long trail and it took me through some awesome spots in Valley Forge.

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I love that the trail was named after a 15 year old boy who fought in the war! What a brave young lad!

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Then I came across Waterman’s Monument

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I liked how this monument was dedicated to all the soldiers who slept here during the cold winter months from 1777-1778!

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It was really beautiful – it reminded me of the Washington Monument, but on a smaller scale.

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From far away it looked really small, but up close it was BIG!

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Next up I passed by the chapel in Valley Forge. It was beyond beautiful. When fiancé and I get our vows renewed 30 years from now, I would like them to be here! It’s so pretty! 

(But obviously I love where we are actually getting married BEST!)

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I started and finished my first loop by the Visitor’s Center. After passing by here I started round 2!

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On round 2 I passed by my favorite log cabins again.

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I was feeling really good until about mile 7, then things started to get a little tougher, but definitely manageable.

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Around mile 6.5 I decided to break off the trail  and take a different path back to my car. This involved going on the main roads, but there weren’t many cars, which was good.

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The one main thing which I love (and hate!) about the Valley Forge Park is all the Hills!! There were so many everywhere, I was constantly going up and down, which is an awesome workout, but it makes everything a little harder.

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But of course, what goes up, must come down, which I appreciate.

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The last 2 miles I was baking in the sun! It was hot and I was feeling it!

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Then I saw some  horseback riders which entertained me for a bit!

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THEN I saw these signs around the entire perimeter of the park, which caused me a little concern…

Any thoughts??

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After pondering the above sign for the last few miles I passed by this which distracted me. It’s a field bake oven! How cool is that?!

Maybe I should see if it still works and see if they will let me use it for a blog post?! Haha!

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Soon after passing by the oven I completed by first long training run for the Chicago Marathon. I was feeling fabulous and on top of the world!

I ran 10 miles in 1 hour and 33 minutes, which is about a 9:18 minute/mile pace! I was pretty happy with that!

I feel like I had negative splits but my Garmin is acting up and won’t give me my splits. I know I sprinted the last mile at a 7:30 something, which is AWESOME!

Yay for 10 miles! 

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For more details on my training, follow me on Daily Mile! I don’t always post my workouts and times on the blog, but I always log my exercising on there, if you are interested.

Are you on Daily Mile? I love it and think it’s pretty awesome. If you aren’t on it, maybe you should join!


What’s your favorite running route??

Valley Forge totally won me over today! I defiantly see myself doing more long runs there! It was lots of fun and a nice change of pace. I had a blast and the miles flew by! Woohoo!

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  • Reply PhillyGirlRuns July 3, 2010 at 7:31 am

    What an awesome run…I love Valley Forge. Next time you head out there for a run let me know, I'd love to join you for a loop or two!

  • Reply Lauren July 3, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Valley Forge is about a mile from my office and I have always wanted to go out there for a run after work!

  • Reply ladypurpl July 3, 2010 at 2:49 pm

    The scenery is definitely beautiful, glad you had fun, but please be careful when you are running alone. Great start to your Chicago Marathon training! Kudos to you!!

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