Sunday, January 02, 2011
So this morning it looked like it was going to rain, but I needed to do a run in the worst way. And I was not going to run on the street! So it was off to Hart Park, miles of trails and home of the Mr Toads Wild Race's. My intent was to do 6 or 7 miles and try to do a loop run instead of just out and back. The weather was perfect. Cool, a little windy but no rain. There were a few puddles but they were easy to get around.
I got all the way to the top of the first hill without having to take a walk break. This hill starts right from the entrance to the trail and goes up for 1.4 miles before leveling out a little bit. As I topped out I was feeling really strong, trying to remember to use the priniciples I had been learning from Chi Running by Danny Dreyer. It was working! I kept going for a ways and then began to loop back to the left. My sense of direction has always been pretty good, so I just kept following trails going in the right general direction. Soon I came to a bike path and turned right on to it. I was beginning to get concerned, it just didn't seem right. The bike path turned and went along side a road, I just didn't know what the road was. Finally, I flagged down a car and asked him which way to Hart Park? He kindly pointed back the same direction I had just run! So off I went, finally reaching the Alfred Harrell Highway where I still had to run past CALM, the Kern County Soccer Park and then the entire length of Hart Park before I finally got back to my Explorer. Bottom line? 10 miles, 2 hrs 13 min, 1246 calories and feeling really strong. I felt like I could have easily kept going if I hadn't already been gone longer than I had told my wife I would. I am really stoked though, feeling very confident now about my February 25K at Montano de Oro