Being that my regular teaching job is mainly evenings and sometimes Saturdays, I pretty much get to pick when I work during the day. I substitute teach Kindergarten through 12th grade during the day. Normally, I like to take as much work as I can get. Today, I did not accept a single assignment because I wanted to hit the trails. I have an extremely full schedule up ahead of assignments. I gave myself a day off. (The only advantage of not having a full-time contract).
I ran far (12.08 miles), but not that hard. On a total and complete whim, I took a turn out of Wood Canyon onto Coyote Run Trail. And I back-tracked. Yes, I back-tracked! This is very odd and peculiar because I hate, hate, hate back-tracking. But I had good reason (I think). I back-tracked so that I could run up RockIt, which is also very odd and peculiar. I have avoided running UP RockIt for quite some time. I don’t know what exactly got into me today. I will say that the climb was not utterly miserable. It was quite enjoyable in fact. I hiked when I needed to and considered that practice for Twin Peaks.
I would tell you more. But it’s probably much of the same that you’ve already read before if you’ve visited Laurenontherun prior to this. It’s late, and I do have an assignment with an early morning start. And so, I’ll just end with this: I am sore after today’s run through the hills, but I am better for it – both mentally and physically. I made some significant strides mentally. And I think that overall, that is better than physically.
Happy running! And thanks for reading.