I am, once again, a runner!
Two months was far, far too long. One month of struggling and pushing too hard to overcome "The Great Tripping Incident of 2011" and not really coming out of it, and then another month of no running whatsoever to finally, actually HEAL. The good news was that the Doc told me my knee was strong and there was no structural damage. YAY! So I took the time off he recommended. I hated it...hated every second, but I did it, and I'm so ridiculously glad I did.
I've been back to running for 4 weeks now, and things are feeling good. I'm turtle slow - apparently the injury and the month off managed to ruin the running base I'd built, so I feel like I'm starting from scratch, but it just feels wonderful to be hitting the road again.
To try to stay healthy (i.e. NOT increase my mileage too much, too soon) and to give me a goal, I signed up for a *gulp* half marathon. I'd been toying with the idea before the injury, and the run isn't until the middle of November, so I thought, why not? Yeah, we'll see how this goes...me and my brilliant ideas.
Training is actually going well though. Recovering from the injury and stepping back into my shoes is actually FORCING me to appreciate my long runs....I can't run them fast(er) and I'm not supposed to, so my long slow run is currently my best friend. (Don't ask me how I feel after my weekly 2 miler on Tuesday...THAT'S where my lack of speed frustration comes in)
ANYWAY, I'm always on the lookout for fun new places to run that aren't the hilliest locations known to man (hello people, I'm supposed to live in the VALLEY, not the FOOTHILLS) and this weekend I came across a fantastic little run on my 5 miler. It's called the Humbug-Willow Creek trail in Folsom CA, and even though it's a "trail" it's actually paved and is quite nice. On new routes, I always manage to get lost in my run - finding out where each twist and turn takes me - but yesterday's run brought a kind of peace I haven't felt since the long run that ended with "The Great Trip". While these photos are not mine (found from Google) they may give you a little idea of how much I fell in love with this trail...
As evidenced by "creek" in the title, you wind around, next to, and over an awesome little creek and marsh through pretty much the whole run. This is one of the fantastic bridges you can run/bike/walk over on your path.
You weave over and around a pretty awesome abandoned railroad, and even though you're close to the main road in several places, you don't feel like you're in the middle of a growing city.
Getting lost in scenery like this is one of the things I love best about running!
A bonus to an awesome run location? I ran my whole five miles without ONE walking break...major bonus!