Mud, rocks, creeks and hills…….oh, yeah, now that’s trail running. I had such a great time that I wanted to share it with you.
Saturday morning I went on an awesome trial run! I had been on this trail before, but it was during the fall when things were dry and I was in great shape from my marathon training. This time around, it was a cool, foggy morning and the trail was still muddy from recent rains. In addition, I’m in my “base phase (think nice slow, relatively short runs),” nowhere close to the shape I was in just months before.
While I’m in this “base phase,” I’m supposed to keep my effort level very low. Normally, I can do that by controlling my pace. However, on Saturday, I have to say there were several parts of the run where my effort level was anything but low due to the hills.
I know that not everyone likes the challenge of a hill, but I love it! Hills will make me a strong runner. Hills are my friend! This trail not only offers hills, but the hills are rocky. The rocks don’t cause a problem for me on the way up. But, being a novice trail runner, the rocks are still a challenge for me on the descents.
Just as I was getting a little winded, I turned the corner and a came upon a view of the lake. It couldn’t have come at a better time. The distraction was appreciated and I was reminded of why I love trail running (the views are only 1 reason).
Although I wanted to continue running on the trail, I followed my workout plan (does this surprise you?) and turned around at the ½ hour point making it an hour run. I’m still adjusting to the fact that I won’t cover as many miles on the trails as I used to out on the road. But being able to enjoy nature makes it all worth it.
It’s always fun rock hopping across a creek.