I have mentioned, numerous times, how I have fallen in love with trail running. Yet, there are times that we still have to run on roads and I am looking forward to running some road races in the coming months (but probably that has more to do with who we are running with). With that said, I am starting to become apprehensive of running on roads. I have always been hyper-aware of my surroundings while running roads, but spending over two months on the trails has forced me to really up my awareness during the very few road runs we have done since the MDI Marathon. And to be honest, those are few and far between.
Last night, we were supposed to run trails but with the cold/warm/cold temperatures and all the rain, the icy and muddy trails were not safe. Our group decided to run roads instead.
Where else can you see elephants while running?
My brain, as well as my body, has definitely had a shift in how I think about running. I enjoy my time out on the trails, whether it is just me and Mike or with our #trailsroc friends, and while you are aware out on the trails it is different than on the roads. You don't have to worry about cars while out there, for example.
Don't get me wrong, as soon as Ironman training starts in March we are going to have to run more roads, but after 2014 I'm not sure what is going to happen.
I'm already planning 2015, yes I am Type-A to the extreme, and the only things I have in my head that I would like to do are an ultra and a bike/run/swim/run/swim/run/swim/run triathlon (this is the primary reason I want a sub-15 hour Ironman finish, so I can qualify to register for this race). The run portions of this triathlon are, you guessed it, on trails.
It's funny how life changes, I will still run races on roads (I need my sub-4 hour marathon after all), but I am embracing trail running more and more.
Even when I am suffering, I am happy here.
And that's fine with me.