Sunday, September 27, 2009

Watchung Reservation Hike

It's been a rather long silence on my part. Apologies are in order, for completely burying myself in the busi(y)ness of life and disappearing from the blogging world. Every time my mind turns to blogging, I feel the pain of nothing running-related to write about.

My tendon is still troubling me (as in no pain while resting or even while running, but tenderness and soreness a day after a run or long walk), so I have not been walking a lot, much less running. I still feel lucky...things could be a lot worse. But occasionally I feel the need to vent...like now (consider yourself warned).

I long to get back to running. I have been able to ward off the longing by slaving away at the elliptical, bike, stairmaster and the rowing machine at the gym. But when I think of blogging, it hurts that I have nothing to report on the running front. I am an outdoor person and part of the appeal in running is to be able to spend time outdoors in all types of weather. Ah...to run again! I don't even want to train for a marathon or do any speed work. Just to be able to run again would be blissful. I miss my running route, watching the sun rise mid-run, trail runs with Glenn (Glenn's been really sweet and offered to walk with me when I feel like it), everything about my normal routine.

I did go on an organized hike yesterday with the AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club). I am not a member but was able to join them as a guest. I joined a relaxed pace hike; I didn't want to kill myself and do permanent damage to my tendon. There were 18 of us, including the trip leader.

We hiked 7 miles of the 10-11 mile Sierra Loop Trail in Watchung Reservation, where Glenn and I ran a few weeks ago. It was in the 60's...lovely weather for a hike.
The hike had a little bit of everything...flat trails in the wood...
...short, steep climbs...
...chicken of the woods (would you pick this for supper?)
a well-preserved historical 1840s village,

even a hair-raising experience, induced by this fella (who we later found out was dead) on the path, inches away from our feet.

We had a great time; I am looking up more AMC events this fall.

My tendon was a little sore at the end of it, but is feeling better today, so I did 10 minutes of stationary running (on the carpet).

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend.

14 comments:

lauren said...

oh no! sorry I haven't kept up to know you were hurt. The hike looks awesome and I really hope your tendon starts feeling better soon.

Irene said...

I hope the healing continues, but I also know too well how slow it seems at times. At least you're able to walk. Gorgeous pictures, as always!

Roisin said...

Injuries are the worst, especially when they leave you feeling guilty about blogging! Don't worry and keep resting yourself. Popping in to post every once in a while is a-okay ;)

Cindy said...

sorry to hear the tendon is still bothering you. that's really great that you can get out and do such a beautiful hike!
i've had some lapses in my own blogging lately as well. don't worry, injuries will heal and mojo's will return!

Beth said...

I enjoyed reading about your hike- don't feel like you can't write if you aren't running. We all go through periods where we can't run- it's all part of it. I'm glad you are healing so you can do what you love soon.

Heather said...

Nice hike! Hope the tendon heals fast.

lindsay said...

sorry to hear you are still having troubles! i know the feeling towards blogging... you should know you can write about whatever :) hopefully you'll be able to hop back into running and running-news again soon!

Abby said...

Hey stranger! The hike looks beautiful. I'm sorry to hear that the tendon is still giving you problems. Maybe all this biking will get you ready for a tri come spring?

Erica said...

I'm sorry to hear about the tendon - I hope it gets fully better soon. I can only imagine how frustrated you must be.

You go on the most BEAUTIFUL hikes- so inspiring.

I dont' even want to be near a dead snake ;)

Ali said...

rest that tendon. Hope it feels better soon.

Gorgeous pics!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Injuries are so depressing. I actually wrote my senior thesis for college on injured athletes and communication with their teammates and how it promotes recovery.. Interesting topic... Anyhow...just do what you can and get better.

Great pictures!!

Sarah said...

Sorry to hear that you are not able to run...I have been there and it just really stinks. :(

The pics from your hike look gorgeous! That snake would have given me a scare too....I HATE snakes! I found one the other day in the garden and nearly had a heart attack. :)

trialsoftraining said...

always a good (and scenic!) alternative to running :) nice chioce! sounds like a big group too, that's awesome to have access to!

omg - if that snake were real..ah!

X-Country2 said...

I don't think there's anything quite like that around here, but it looks beautiful! Glad you're healing up.