Today it was gorgeous out, and I decided it was past time I headed to the Greenbrier State Forest for a good trail run. Some new trails have been built in the last year or two, and I hadn't gotten around to running them. It has something to do with the fact that I was always training for races and afraid to sprain an ankle. And then there was the fact that I couldn't run all summer. Now, I'm running again, and don't have any upcoming races that I expect to be competitive in, so I decided there were no more excuses.
I ran a familiar trail first. 1.8 miles up a mountain, then I turned around and ran back down. Running up that mountain made me feel like I am not at all in shape. I'm pretty sure I could have walked up it faster, but I didn't quit. I "only" twisted my ankles 3 or 4 times on the way down. Then I found one of the new trails and followed it until it looped back around to where I had parked. Despite the pain in my ankles/legs from having to use muscles I haven't used in forever, I loved it. It was nice to get out in the woods and just jog around. I'm sure it was good for strengthening a lot of muscles in my feet as well.
check out that elevation profile...
Runs this Week
W: 5.3 miles 38:24/7:14
R: 4 miles 28:12/7:01
Sa: 7.1 miles 54:02/7:38
Su: 5.5 miles 58:41/10:38