Yay! The boys are finally off school for the summer. And it took long enough! Really. This had to be the longest school year ever. EVER. I celebrated on Thursday by tip-toeing out of the house while everyone still slept and drove to Modjeska Canyon for a run up Harding Truck Trail. I didn’t want to do it. It was the last thing I wanted to do. Seriously. But I knew that all I had to do was get my feet going up that monster climb, and if I just put one foot in front of the other that I’d eventually reach the top of that 9.32 miles. And in the end I’d be happy. Happy and dead-dog-tired.
I arrived to the top of Harding Truck Trail (Four Corners) five minutes sooner than I did when I last ran this trail. I’ll take it. Five minutes isn’t much, but at least my time was not slower. I really made up my time on the down hill portion when I forced a strong 9 mile finish, completing the entire 19.64 miles thirty minutes quicker than usual. This was tough. I know it’s all downhill. But it’s rocky and hot and my water was running low – this on top of having just ran over nine uphill miles.
The Tucker Wildlife Sanctuary was open when I arrived at the bottom. I rushed inside to purchase a cold water and Diet Coke. So wiped out was I that I possessed no strength to “stand” in line. And so I sat on the floor, sweaty and hot, my eyes stinging from salt, as I waited to pay.
Wow. These are the days!