It’s been a long, long time. Too long. This week, I began cross-training again (that is doing workouts that include activities other than running). This of course is fantastic news for me because I only cross-train in a gym. In fact I was a gym rat for many years. THEREFORE, this means . . . wait for it . . . I have a gym membership once again! (Thanks to my hubby for this wonderful gift.)
So excited to visit the gym again, I wasn’t able to get out for a run this week until this evening. But beforehand, I spent two hours in the gym doing cardio and strength training in the early afternoon. Back home, I rested up for about two hours. Then I was off again headed for the coastal hills. My objective: to run on tired legs. And boy were they TIRED. My legs were so tired in fact, as I set off into Wood Canyon, I really didn’t want to do this short out-and-back at all.
“Just do it,” I said to myself. I wonder if Nike, or whoever it was, knew the power of those words when they began using it in their ad campaign. Just do it. Just do it. And I was off, one foot in front of the other, knowing that all I had to do was “do it,” and I would soon be finished. The steepest portion (Cholla Trail) I found profoundly difficult to run, especially with no breeze and hot weather. After that, each step became more and more bearable.
I saw two other runners, running together, one hiker and two mountain bikers. I also saw two coyotes, on separate occasions, one bunny and about twenty-five lizards. I didn’t run any loop-de-lu’s, like I usually do to fancy-up this out-and-back. Instead, I ran straight to Top of the World, re-filled my handheld, turned around and ran straight back. Total miles: 6
Top of the World: