Last week, I was recovering. I had a lousy cough that accompanied me on all my runs. I was not able to run outdoors, so I hit the dreadmill...I still find it immensely boring (though I am thankful it exists). This week, I couldn't bear to run indoors any longer. I am now running outdoors, trying to pretend the cough does not exist.
The 6-mile Run State Park (there are a few trails and not one is 6 miles) that my brand new GPS took me to, was no more than a little parking lot with a porta-potty. Thanks goodness for the porta-potty!
I wanted to start Christmas with a lovely trail run. But the trail was snow-covered,
so I ran 6 miles on the road adjacent to the trail. The Delaware-Raritan Canal runs parallel to the road...
...so despite the dirty snow, bare trees and my incessant coughing, I enjoyed the run. I thought the view was pretty amazing.
This morning, I returned to the trail. The glorious 50 degree weather had melted the snow and I was running/wading through a scenic and slushy trail. I planned to run only 3 miles, so carried no gatorade or water, no cell phone, not even a trail map (this was supposed to be a simple trail...or so I thought). Predictably, I lost my way and sloshed/mud-skiied along the narrow trail for 3 more miles, by which point, I was parched and the forgotten cough had returned with a vengeance. I had also gotten my shoes and socks wet, scratched my leg on some briar and sported an impressive streak of blood...I even have proof...see! (as well as a very muddy sock).
This week: 29 miles (5 miles more than scheduled, thanks to losing my way on the trail today and being pulled into an uplifting discussion on holiday food at the group run yesterday).
Monday: 6 miles
Tuesday: 5 miles
Friday: 6 miles
Saturday: 6 miles group run
Sunday: 6 mile trail run
2009 has been a memorable year for me. Injury kept me from a couple of races and I lost my race-mojo...but I joined a running club and started running in a group, found an amazing running buddy/friend, started trail and hill running and finished the year with a great race and am hooked on races again.
Wish you all a wonderful New Year...keep running!