Can you believe I have been able to use “10 miles” as a description for not one but two blog posts now? Shocking.
The title is appropriate again today because I successfully completed my first trail run. It was just over 10 miles! Admittedly there were stretches where I had to walk, as there are a lot of uphill sections and rocky bits that I had to slow for. Also, GODDAMN 10 miles is far!
It was so much fun though. When we started out it was not quite sunrise, the sky was still pretty dark. And it was cold. I suck in cold weather, but I knew once we got moving I wouldn’t be as uncomfortable. My muscles burn now, plus I fell once and am nursing a very sore knee (plus scraped up hands)… but in spite of all that I can’t wait to be able to do it again. It was exhilarating. I felt like a badass running down those narrow pathways, bouncing along rocks and jogging through valleys.
This is going to sound ridiculous but while running I kept having the mental image of Jodie Foster at the beginning of Silence of the Lambs when she is barging through that FBI Academy obstacle course. The thought of her doing that actually helped motivate me when I was feeling pooped. Whatever works, right?
I keep on doing things I didn’t think I could do. I am in the best shape of my life, better now in my mid thirties than at any point of my twenties. I don’t intend to slow down either.