Saturday, November 01, 2008
After today's game, I didn't feel like running. As Bill Rodgers said in "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Running," getting out the door is the best way to overcome the feeling. To add my own unique idea, I decided to try a new location and invite a friend along to ride his bike while I ran. Beaver Dam Park, here in Gloucester, is somewhere I've always wanted to run. We met up at the park and found the trail-head after one wrong turn. The trail was all hills but very scenic with Fall colors in full glory. I knew it would test my endurance but I was determined to do my best. The run went well and I did 3.5 miles total. There were some neat little wooden bridges to cross and several "big" hills and many more gradual hills. I had to be very careful running downhill. My buddy would get ahead of me in flat portions of the course but I would actually charge ahead of him when he had to stop to walk the bike up the big hills. We finished around the same time and he commented on how well I paced myself and completed the run. I will be going back to the park in the near-future to do more runs. The views of the lake were spectacular!