Trail running in the dark
Sunday, October 06, 2013
Last Wednesday evening was the last group trail running in the forest at night for several months. We're moving to paved trails and tracks until daylight returns. But I hope to take hubby out a few late evenings so I can get my forest fix.
I took hubby out for a hike Friday after work. He didn't love it but he isn't familiar with these trails, he didn't have a good headlamp and we have since learned that he had the beginnings of an ear infection that messed with his balance. He was grumpy but supportive because he could feel how much I much I enjoy being out there. I'm so lucky to have his loving support!
I love the challenge of trail running and I love it more in the dark. I love how it changes my focus and heightens my senses. As the sun goes down my focus is limited to a spot about 8-15 feet in front of me. Even while running, my brain seems to memorize the rocks, roots and other obstacles in that moment of light for my body to use for unconscious adjustment as I glide past each trip hazard in the dark. I love the testing my will to trust that my body will miss the unseen hazards.
I enjoy the sound of the owls hooting to each other and the sights of bright white mushrooms popping through the dark earth and bright green moss. I love the smell of the fir and cedar trees and the damp soil. And my senses are further heighted by a slight creepy feeling about the unknowns hiding in the dark. (What was that sound? Are there bears out here?...)
I'm sad to see the daylight to be ending earlier each day but I'll adjust to the pavement and I'll be stronger for longer evenings on the trail next spring.
A couple pics from Wed.
Me while running uphill with my headlamp with just a little light left in the sky above me. (I should have stopped running when I took the picture but it's harder to start again on an uphill than to keep moving.)
I'm approaching girls in my group walking up a challenging hill.
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17 Day Update: I'm doing well, but not perfect. Not perfect is perfect! I'm improving and some behaviors and choices are getting easier... just what I wanted.
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Foot/Ankle Update: I think my last PT is this week. I have not been doing my ankle exercises but I am keeping up with the toe stretching and exercises. My toe still hurts but it is flexible. I think some of the pain is muscle-type pain but I'm not sure. I'll find out. The re-sprained ankle still hurts and is weaker which is part of the reason for not doing the ankle exercises. But even though the ankle is weaker, it is stronger in some ways. I know trail running (not to mention in the dark) with a questionable (but securely wrapped?) ankle isn't the best choice. I just need to stay away from curbs and mindless walking.