Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I Feel A Change Coming

With the most recent story of a runner being killed, unnecessarily, by a drunk driver this past weekend, it made me think about how Mike and I are already on our way to changing how we do things as triathletes/runners. (If you haven't already, please consider joining runners around the country and dedicating your miles to Meg on Saturday, January, 18th. We will be running for her, on the trails).

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.

7 comments:

  1. On no, I hadn't heard about that:( I will have to go back and read it. Yes, I mainly run on roads, but most have sidewalks and, if not, I run through neighborhoods. It's pretty scary how unaware and oblivious drivers are sometimes:/

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  2. I'll be running for Meg as well. Break my heart to see this happen. I run on as few busy roads as possible at the least busy times, but still...

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  3. It is absolutely tragic what happened to Meg. I don't often run on roads, but I do run on the sidewalks, and even then, I get nervous about doing so very early in the AM!

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  4. Right now if I want to run outside...it has to be on the road. Sidewalks are far too dangerous and my rail trail is a sheet of ice. I am very tuned in to the traffic. I will often jump to the side of the road...into the woods if I have to. I am very saddened by what happened to Meg and it scares the crap out of me.

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  5. Just like trails, we have to alert and selective about the roads we run. I wouldn't be opposed to driving to a place with "better roads" if trails were not an option. But trails are always better. Very sad to hear about Meg.

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  6. I love the trails near my house because I always feel safer without cars there. I can just relax and enjoy the run.

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  7. The SOS triathlon is on my bucket list too! My cousin did it this past year and said it was awesome; she said everyone should do it at least once.

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