TALES FROM THE TRAIL (AND SOMETIMES THE ROAD TOO)

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Cost of Trail Running

Day 25 of my Fitness Streak, it appears I’m getting my running legs back.  Right now, I’m darn near ready to crash and sleep.  My lids are so heavy, I’m not even sure what I’m typing.

I decided for a change of scenery this morning and headed off to Newport Coast.  I took the toll road and made an effort to look at the toll cost as I drove through the sensor.  One way cost me $6.75.  Yikes!  Double that for the entire trip and that’s a good chunk to add to the cost of today’s trail run.  This hardly fazed me.  I learned early on, that despite my initial thoughts, running is not free – especially trail running.  Seems like I’m constantly forking out cash for small ticket items and large – fuel (like gels, bars), electrolytes, hats, sunglasses, athletic tape, pack, pack essentials like pepper spray, etc., etc.  The cost is worth it though – what I get in return is priceless.  

At about mile 3, heading down to the ocean:

A quick stop at the beach:

Heading back up El Moro Canyon back to Bommer Ridge to complete today’s loop:

9.67 miles of happy times:Running No Name, No Dogs, Morro Cyn, Slow & Easy, Bommer Ridge 3-6-2014, ElevationRunning No Name, No Dogs, Morro Cyn, Slow & Easy, Bommer Ridge 3-6-2014

8 comments:

  1. Lovely run! It is certainly worth it!

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  2. The scenery of your runs is really just not fair. Seriously.

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  3. It's not a cost it's an investment...the return is the gift that keeps giving!

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    1. Yes indeedy Stuart -- definitely the gift that keeps giving!

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  4. Seriously, your pictures never get old. And thanks for that FB link. I had joined a different one, but it wasn't a good fit for me. Im on day 49 of a streak.

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    1. I'm glad you liked the link. Good luck on your streak. And congrats for going so long thus far. :)

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