If you know me at all, you know I'm not a fan of running on anything other than pavement. Yesterday I stepped outside of my comfort zone and joined some friends for a trail run.
This is an event put on by one of the local running stores and a few times a year they have companies come out with shoes to try. I picked a pair of Saucony's because they matched my SparkleAthletic skirt :) They felt good at first but my arch ended up hurting quite a bit.
Because it's Halloween week, they encouraged costumes. I'm dressing as a Minion for school this week, so I just adapted the costume a bit for running. It worked well, but the hat was a bit warm.
The trails at Robinette's Orchard start out winding through the woods. The loop was supposed to be 2.5 miles long, but I ended up taking a shortcut because the people I was following took a shortcut and I only ran 2.2 miles. Lots of up/down/up/down and wrapping around trees. My Garmin hated the woods and kept losing the signal so my distance might be off a bit.
After about 2 miles in the woods, we ran a bit past the orchards. At this point, people could either take a left and go on for another 2.5 miles, or turn right back to the start. I was done. Back to the start for me. This was a really good workout even though my average pace was a 15 min/mile, which is about what I normally walk. I felt like I was going so much faster and I was really trying to run. I'd probably have liked the scenery more if I wasn't so focused on my feet and not falling.
Probably the best part was winning 1st place in the costume contest :) I got a cool t-shirt and a $25 gift card to Gazelle Sports.
I run. I eat. Sometimes I'm a triathlete but mostly I'm a runner. I love to change my hair so I probably don't look like my profile picture :) I parent now college-aged twins. I love a great craft beer and I'm trying to find my way back to my goal weight.
Join me as I strive to: Live life to the fullest, Laugh often, Run free, and just Breathe.