As I'm sure is the case with every runner, I have a favorite route I love to run. Depending on the distance I plan to cover, I can stretch essentially the same route anywhere from four to nine miles long. It's a route that is really only runnable during good weather because much of it traverses gravel and dirt roads that become a muddy mess under even a light rain or snowfall. But on a beautiful spring day, this route offers a little bit of everything: quiet solitude, breathtaking scenery, challenging inclines as well as gentle rolling hills. More than once, while running my favorite route, I've said outloud to myself, "This is the reason I run".
Finally, it wouldn't be a photo essay of running in rural Idaho without pictures of some of the local yokels.
So, there you have it: Running in Idaho! If you're ever in my neck of the woods, bring your running shoes and I'll take you on a personal tour. Just stop and ask one of the cows where to find me... he'll point you in the right direction.