Living LifeWise is a regular column provided by LifeWise Ambassadors – LifeWise employees whose healthy choices are helping them live better lives. Today’s column is provided by LifeWise Ambassador Aaron Reid.
When I’m ready for a run, my favorite place to go is the Green River Trail in Tukwila. I’m not talking about the entire trail, which is nearly 20 miles long. Rather, there’s a particular 1.5-mile stretch of trail that has grown near and dear to my heart. One reason is that it’s close to where I live. Another reason is that the trail has, shall we say, “unique characteristics” that provide inspiration for me as I push myself to run as hard as I possibly can.
I enter the trail where Interstate 5 intersects Interurban Avenue and head north. The trail runs alongside the I-5 on-ramp, separated from the freeway by a towering cement wall covered in ivy. The wall is significant primarily because it signals that I’m about to enter Bunny Meadow. It also prevents cars from falling on me.
Bunny Meadow is a very short segment of the trail that, for whatever reason, is full of bunnies. In the summer months, I challenge any of you to run through this part of the trail without seeing one.
On a recent jog through Bunny Meadow, I heard what sounded like a particularly loud bunny that, when I turned to look at it, turned out to be a man sneaking around in the bushes. I don’t know what he was doing there. He could’ve been camping, foraging for mushrooms or eating rabbits. Whatever it was, he inspired me to be a faster runner and I quickened my pace.
After Bunny Meadow, the trail runs underneath the I-5 overpass. The thunderous, cracking sounds that emanate from the busy overpass scare the heck out of my son when I take him on the trail for walks. He used to deal with it by asking me to pick him up and carry him through to safety on the other side. However, the last time we visited the trail, he simply held my hand and ran to get away from the terrifying noises. The moral of the story: even a 2 year old can be inspired to achieve their fitness goals on the Green River Trail.
The Flight Path
Continuing along the trail puts you right under the flight path for Boeing Field, which provides a steady flow of low-flying aircraft to enhance your running experience. While Sea-Tac gets all of the commercial airliners, Boeing Field gets more interesting aircrafts. The last time I was on the trail I got buzzed by two Marine Osprey aircrafts. The planes made me think of how fit you have to be if you’re a Marine. Then I felt inadequate, which, like the weirdo in the bushes, inspires me to run harder.
The trail continues to wind alongside the Green River and then goes underneath the Allentown Bridge as it lines up once again next to Interurban Avenue. Even though I haven’t done this part of the trail yet, I have to think that when I do, there will be something that will inspire me to run further.
Aaron Reid is a lifelong non-athlete, husband, and father of two. Aaron lives in Tukwila near a nice running trail with rabbits, most of whom have never seen him. He began running in 2012 and ran his first 5K that same year. However, his most impressive fitness accomplishment is that he has been sucking in his stomach from the age of 12 to the age of 38. Living LifeWise is a part of Aaron’s quest to one day enjoy running and have washboard abs.