I was one of the lucky ones that was off of work today. I spent my free day cleaning, eating, drinking coffee and oh yes, trail running. Like serious trail running. The kind with rocks, streams and 20% inclines. Mission Trails, in case you're wondering. It was the most technical run of my life! We must have picked one of the hardest routes because we never encountered any other runners, just hikers.
Don't get me wrong, it was a fun run. I felt like a kid again as we hopped over streams and dodged slippery rocks. I spotted a lizard or two along the way. We had no idea where we were headed so it was an adventure. It was an exploration of unfamiliar territory. This part of the trail run, I enjoyed.
However, I was not digging the fact that my calves were screaming, my achilles was aching and I rolled my ankle countless times. By the end, I felt like I had beaten myself up. And get this; we had only run 7.2 miles! I still had to tack on 3 miles and my legs were toast. I started to question my decision to run this trail marathon. What was I thinking? My body still feels sluggish since the marathon and I have to get through these next crucial weeks.
Besides the insanely hard trail run we did, we also saw The Vagina Monologues this weekend. It was my first time and of course I loved it. How could I not love an entire production devoted to the vagina? I laughed, almost cried and thanked god for my vagina. :)
Afterward, we went out for drinks and dancing which led me to make a fool of myself and sleep in my clothes. The next day was spent recovering with the perfect hangover food: a tofu scramble with soy chorizo, spinach and potatoes. It was so delicious that I had to make it all over again today.
So, I realize that looks like a nasty pile of dog food. If I weren't vegan, I probably wouldn't eat it either. Just trust me, it is incredibly delicious!
I am off now to stretch some more and take care of these beat up legs. People say trail running is addicting. I am not quite convinced.
Does trail running make anyone else feel like a complete wimp? Or is it just me?