What a great place to go for a run…
Yesterday I met Neill (@BigBigGeek) at Oak Mtn State park to run trails around the lake. I haven’t been to that park in 10 years, I haven’t trail run much at all and I have never run with Neill. So it was a day of new experiences and a lot of fun.
When I first got to the park, I drove to the lake and there was a triathlon going on. Swimmers were in the water and bikers were on their bikes. I have never seen a triathlon before, so it was pretty cool. My late sister was training for a triathlon when she passed away in 2003. I wonder if that might be something I would like to attempt one day. Perhaps a future challenge?
I met up with Neill and we went for our trail run. I was hesitant because with all the mileage I’ve put in the past week my achilles has been a bit tender and I was wearing some trail running shoes that I haven’t really used but a couple of miles. It wasn’t a problem. The trail was definitely a trail. Rocks, roots, narrow and other runners and bikers. We ran over 2 miles in one direction and then the same back. Funny, it seemed like it was much more than just a couple of miles. I guess it takes so much concentration not to trip (which I did once) that it just felt longer. I had a great time talking with Neill as we ran and the lake and woods were beautiful. I will be running this trail again. It was fun.
After we got through with the trail, I ran with Neill back to his car and then I had to run another 1.5 miles to complete the 7 miles I planned the day. I don’t know what it was, perhaps the trail run, the triathlon, or just all the people walking, biking and playing at the park, but I ran the best 1.5 miles I’ve run in a long time. I felt like I could run as fast as I wanted and as far as I wanted. I just felt free!!! It was fantastic.
Running has been laborious lately. The heat hasn’t been too bad, but it was really affected me in a negative way. Everyday the past couple of weeks has been a difficult run other than last Monday with TJ. Yesterday was such a blessing. It was fun running with Neill; it was fun running the trail; it was fun watching the triathloners and it was fun running at the end.
It was fun and I am excited about running again.