The Monarchs were out in abundance on the middle school cross country course on Saturday, enjoying the sunny 80-degree afternoon and feasting on the clover blooms that border the grassy lanes. I was doing an easy jog after an up-tempo 4-miler the day before with my sister, and as I ran I kept flushing out startled butterflies.
I counted at least 10. There were so many in the first 400 meters that it took me a minute or two to realize it was worth keeping count, so I might’ve missed some.
Even without the butterflies, though, it would’ve been a nice run on a beautiful Indian summer day. The course is deserted and peaceful on the weekend. It’s tougher terrain than running pavement, especially with that fairly steep hill, but it’s also more satisfying – especially knowing I need to get in more trail miles if I want to do the Huff 50K in December.