Well, maybe adventure isn't quite the right word for this, but, I did run someplace new. There is a hill here in town where the tv/radio stations have their transmitters, the local university has research stations, and there is even a large telescope. Wildlife is all around. There is a paved path up to the top. It's not long, only 3.1 miles roundtrip - but - it's a great hill workout! It has an elevation gain of 730 ft... which means you get that gain in about a mile and a half as you zig zag your way to the top. Yes, my lungs were burning. Yes, I walked a few feet when I got near the top. But, the view when you get to the top is beautiful, especially at sunrise, and going down is a breeze! I made the trip in 33 minutes total, and better yet, I lived to tell about it! I don't get to do hill workouts that often. My neighborhood is about as flat as it gets. Surprisingly, I am not really sore this morning! I can tell that I did something different than normal, but I don't have that horrid "I don't want to stand up much less move" pain that you get when you've truly overdone it.
I knew about this hill for years but never made the effort to go check it out. Maybe because from a distance it's ugly? Or maybe because it reached out of my comfort zone? I shouldn't have put it off because now I've found a great place to do hills. Lesson learned!
*Photo - not the acutal hill but the view of the path from the bottom. I'm kicking myself now for not getting a picture of the actual (ugly) hill or the view from the top!