Sunday, July 12, 2009
Each time I do this run, it seems SO hard at the beginning... then as I'm on the way back out, and it's easier, I am reminded that it's deceptively flat; it's actually a gradual uphill the whole way in! I shaved another minute off my run today, did it in 39 minutes. I actually went further than that, but I just timed the section that is my "normal" run.
When I got beyond the "signs" (the info signs that are the turnaround point on my usual run), it turns into a lot of single-track, and even though it's a well-used trail, at mid-summer there are graceful fern leaves stretching across the trail. It's a bit like running through the jungle, thought not as hot. Before we moved to this part of Colorado I never knew how lush and green (and ferny!) the Colorado mountains could be.
It was exciting to me to find that, even though I still only ran probably a third or a little more of the distance, once I get going, I'm not huffing and puffing quite so much; I actually have some stamina and can kind of get into a zone and keep going for awhile. I actually went farther on that trail than ever before. Everyone measures distance on Spring Creek Trail by the bridges; I'm not sure how many there are total, but I'd only gone as far as the 4th bridge before, and today I made it to the 6th bridge! My normal run is just beyond the 2nd bridge, which is 3 miles or a little more; I think today I probably did 5+ miles. I need to ask at the local shop if there's a map that actually shows distance on the in-town trails; I'm estimating based on time.
The 4th bridge:
The 6th bridge (I discovered the 5th and 6th bridges have no rails):
One last thought that I had while running. I have mentioned to a few people that I'm taking up running. I've gotten some encouragement, and a few wide-eyed looks, like "what is a woman pushing 40 doing taking up running?" usually accompanied by the admonition "be careful of your knees!"
I know that I do need to be careful... knees, ankles (especially trail-running with rocks and uneven surfaces), etc. But then I thought, is an occasional trail run really harder on my knees than carrying the extra 20-40 pounds around that I carried for the last 10-12 years or so? I doubt it. I'm still much better off now.