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The Millennial's Guide To Changing The World Review

This post is sponsored by The Millennial's Guide To Changing The World book by Allison Sher.

I was given a digital copy of this book. I thought that it would be good to read, even though I am a Gen X'er. There is just so much talk about the Millennial's right now that I thought that it would be good to get to know what is going on inside their head.

About the Book  The Millennial's Guide to Changing the World teaches young people everything they need to know to change the world, while building a happy, healthy adult life for themselves. It explains how our current social systems work, the challenges young people are inheriting and how millennials can step into our power to create a critical mass conversion to solve them. Everything from politics to spirituality to love relationships to education to sex to economics to mental health is covered. And it includes 50 or so juicy, true life stories from millennials across the country…

Finding New Running Routes

I have been very unhappy running since my move from Boise this summer. All of my runs have always felt tough and lots of work. I think I have had one really good run where I was able to zone out and shut off my brain for a bit.

I have been spoiled with running in Boise because the greenbelt was at my front door. It was safe, there was no vehicle traffic and I could go for miles and miles and miles.

With running in a small farming town, I am lucky to find a sidewalk here! I have a middle school gravel track across the street from my house, but with school in session, the time I can run there is limited. If I choose to run out my front door, if I choose to go right, it becomes farm land and the speed limit becomes 50 MPH. If I go left, I have sidewalk through town, but its only 3 miles until I hit the freeway. It then turns to farmland an a 50MPH road. The drivers everywhere here are not used to pedestrians and every run has had a close call so far this summer. (What's funny is that its mostly women drivers that wanna plow me over, but that is another blog post)

I have 2 options I have found for local running groups, but I am not ready to venture to that point yet.

I decided to explore one Twin Falls trail near the canyon. It's part of where I had my Rim To Rim race a few weeks ago. There is a section of trail near one of my new favorite restaurants. The BF & I had lunch and I set off to do about 7-8 miles after.

We had to take a detour where the trail washed out from the heavy rains earlier in the summer. 

I hope the engineer was fired for this. 

It was annoying but we hit a dead end on the trail. The beer can was empty. We found it and are gonna recycle it. 

Its a long way down. 

The view is nice. 

We found our way, cutting through a field and the parking lot of an apartment complex, to the Centennial Waterfront Park.  I know there is some sort of trail and I think going up and down the 10% grade of the canyon would be a good hill workout for me.

I decided to explore part of this Mogensen Trail. It looked nice at the start. And it said TRAIL. That is what I wanted to see!

 So far, so good.

Crap. Not good. I got stuck in the mud when I tried to cross. My shoes were stuck and sinking and not moving forward as my body was moving. I almost fell a few times! The erosion from other users is really bad.

I made it through and came to this steep section. 

And then there were some random stairs. Cool, but scary at the same time, too! 

The view looking up. A little steep! 

A water crossing. People put some rocks down to cross, but they were wobbly and slick. 

And then there was this. That's about 3' down. I decided to turn around and go back. I didn't make it very far. 

I found this little guy on the way back. 

The view was quite nice. 

I found a porcupine crouched down on the ground behind the tree there. Scary! 

Hello fuzzy little guy! 

I decided to look at another trail looking thing nearby. 

Climbing to the top of that hill shows you a view of the park! 

I don't think this gets any more picturesque! 

I wound up doing 7.25 miles back to my car. I got a little muddy and my shoes need a bath, fo sho! 

How do you find routes to run in a new location? Do you join a running group, or hope to find routes via Google?


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