First run back on the trails, that is. I did run the treadmill yesterday for some speed work. Today was my first day since pacing Twin Peaks that my feet hit dirt. I picked my favorite local trails, Aliso/Wood Canyons, a short out-and-back to Top of the World. And all I could think about was Twin Peaks. Pacing the event has become a huge milestone in my running “career.” I know this may sound odd, but my feet hit the dirt differently now, with more confidence.
I was a little stiff this morning after a huge two hour gym workout yesterday, not to mention mountain miles on Sunday. Yet, this morning, even during another heat wave, I ran up Cholla Trail with relative ease. I felt like my feet grabbed the ground. I ran that entire climb without any forefoot strikes (which is my desire).
I wanted a short run, because like I’ve alluded, I’ve changed. Short runs are valuable too. It’s running trails that I love. I don’t have to do 10-20 miles to be satisfied. Six will do, especially if I’m running to Top of the World (which by the way was empty today due to the heat). Today, I was more about the awesomeness of the trails than I was about the mileage, or even pace (though I did pick up my pace when I thought about it.)
Soon I will be back and off this cloud I’m on. I’m looking forward to catching up on reading blogs and answering comments. I can’t wait to find out how bloggers did on their races this weekend. Thanks ahead of time for all your comments. I am truly amazed at all of your efforts, whether it’s running the trails or the road, no matter how quick or slow you are, you are among the elite. A small percentage of the adult population can run more than a half mile.
Hope you have a great run tomorrow, or the next day, or the next!
Miles logged today (Wednesday): 6.32
Miles logged Tuesday: 2