Distance: 7.5 mi
I put off my run yesterday so that I could do a few things around the house and also get ready for a bonfire party we had last night. It was finally cool enough to actually HAVE a bonfire and I wanted to share, so I invited some friends over. The upside was that it was great to have friends over and just relax and have a good time. The downside was that I stayed up until 1am, ate junk food and drank beer (…mmmm…. beeer….) so I felt like crud this morning. I must be getting old… (er). The end result was a run that felt a bit sludgy at first, but I took it easy and just enjoyed the ride. My legs felt fine after a bit and it ended up being a beautiful run.
I ran a route today on the trail that got me started back into running again. Partly because it was close to the house, but also because it was clearly marked and mostly flat. There is one infamous hill in it that is brutal, but I seldom ran it when I was just starting again and then it seemed like not time at all before this trail got too short to run. I remember suffering to finish 3 miles on it one day and then snorting at it seemingly the next day because it was too short at just over 8 miles total. It all seemed to change so quickly.
The course runs out the back of a huge park, down “the hill” and then into a river bottom for about 4 miles. The park has a 1.25 mile paved trail in it and from this trail to the back of the park is about 1/3 of a mile, so I ran the park trail first, then turned off and ran down the other trail (called Bear Creek). Bear Creek winds through a nature preserve and marsh land, through forests and steep rock walls by the creek itself. All in all it makes for a really pretty run and is only used sparingly by the locals so it is almost always uncrowded and peaceful.
I think about mile 5 I finally sweated the last of the beer out of my system (goodbye… old friend… *sniff*) and felt amazingly better when I finished. I am not an advocate of drinking, by any means, but I do love the guilty pleasure of a beer on rare occasions. I know it’s bad for me so I’m mostly good about it, but there are those times…
Anyway, light mileage this week and then 18 to 20 next Saturday and then I START MY TAPER!!!!