Saturday morning I woke up early to meet Mark, who is running the 100 mile ultra with me, and a couple other people, to run a trail at Capitol View Park, in Frankfort. We decided we would do 5 miles.
It was absolutely gorgeous!
As you can tell by the frost on the ground, it was pretty chilly! But once we got to running, I warmed up and felt great. Trail running is so different than road running. On the road I want to run as long as possible, and sometimes feel guilty for needing to walk. I'm constantly looking at my garmin, to make sure my pace is good. It's also easy to just listen to my music and zone out.
Trail running is a whole new adventure. Being surrounded by nature, seeing deer just feet from us, hearing the birds start to wake up, it's all just incredible. I'm not focused on pace. It's peaceful and relaxing. It feels like you're escaping from the world.
Having great company for this run made it an even better experience. It was nice following behind someone, letting him run into the cobwebs so I don't have to, letting him fall over the roots in the ground, so I know to avoid it, letting him take the blame for getting us lost. It was awesome!! Ok, we didn't really get lost, maybe just a wrong turn. :)
|Coming out of the woods to see our capitol was pretty sweet!|
Have you ran a trail before? Did you love it?