I’m not sure why I continue to have conversations with myself trying to talk myself out of a daily run. I know when I’m done, I feel great and anything that was holding me hostage during the day has let go and I’m free again. Today I had one of those conversations, but luckily I listened to my friend Deb (who also has these conversations) and I got out there. She said, ..........I have a feeling that tonight will be one of those amazing runs for you — you’ll begrudgingly go, be a little chilly at first, but then your legs will warm up, your body will get moving and you’ll feel incredible. You’ll get wet and muddy and feel totally hard core. Can’t wait to hear all about it! This gave me just enough encouragement to at least end the conversation in my head.
I ran on the Ridgeline trail, no dogs, just me. I felt a little selfish leaving the furry guys home, but the thought of muddy, stinky dog was a little too overwhelming. So I parked at the Blanton Rd. trailhead and headed off. I knew I’d be racing the sun at some point. The shorter days, made running after work a little more challenging in that there was no room for dawdling: out of work, drop off dogs, change clothes and back in car to trailhead. The weather was a little unpredictable today: sun, downpours, wind, but I thought because I’d be under tree cover it wouldn’t be that bad. So I got on the trail and had the first 3 miles to myself. I challenged myself to run all the uphills and I did. It’s nice to be so familiar with a trail that you know that even though your quads are screaming, you know when the uphill will level out and you have a downhill to recover. So I went for it. Turned out I ran negative splits. When I reached the turn-around, I didn’t want to stop, but looking up I noticed the sun was losing her brightness. Most of the trail is under tree cover, so I also knew even if the sun was up, it didn’t mean I would be running in the light. So I took off, afraid of getting caught in the dark without a headlamp and challenging myself to run faster than usual. I ran a little reckless, not completely being able to see the trail at times, but I tried to trust the moment and stay relaxed. When I broke through the trees, it was a lot brighter than in the tree covered trail. I had beat the sun!