The skies have been dark, cold and gloomy the past few days. Yet, no rain. Today, I set out on hilly trails in Aliso/Wood Canyons beneath these dark moist skies, trying to kick troubles from my mind. It wasn’t until the rains came down as I ran through green meadows, that I was finally able to let go. When I write “let go,” I mean to run in the moment, to think about nothing, to just be in the present. And the present only.
I encountered some difficulty maintaining this, as the outside world pounded on my brain to be let in. I relented and let it in occasionally. I’ll tell you what though – climbing up Mentally Sensitive (see the steepest climb in profile below) took all my troubles and dashed them on the rocks. In a nutshell, the climb was murder. The best thing about it was finishing up the wretchedness. After that trial, it was all pretty much easy going from then on. Best thing was, I received a text message from a good friend that I haven’t heard from in a long time. Bad thing was, she was in town, and I was too far to get to her in time. Still, I enjoyed the awesomeness of this spring day, rain, intruding troubles, steep climbs and all!
Here’s to trying to running ridiculously difficult climbs.
Miles run: 11.02 Route: Aliso Creek Trail, Wood Canyon, Meadows, Mentally Sensitive, Top of the World, West Ridge, Mathis, Wood Canyon, Cave Rock Trail, Wood Canyon, Aliso Creek Trail