I was supposed to do an 18km training run this weekend. For whatever reason, the temperatures soared on Saturday even though all last week and all this week have and are expected to be chilly. Normally, I try to get my long runs done Saturday morning, leaving before the kids wake up. This weekend, I had a running buddy and we decided to head out in the afternoon together. We’re both training for the same race, bored with our iPods and needing a change in scenery. So we headed just outside the city to one of our beautiful provincial parks and decided to give the trails a try.
I’ve never run on a trail before and wasn’t too sure what to expect but it was beautiful and challenging and SUCH a great change of pace for me.
I might be addicted.
Unfortunately, the heat got the better of us both and we had to pack it in after about 8.5km. Neither of us wanted to cry Uncle but we knew it was better to pack it in than push to exhaustion and getting sick. Besides that…running the trails is a lot harder than the pavement. By Saturday night my legs were s-o-r-e!! In a good way.
Did I mention I might be addicted?
I’m really hoping to hit the trails again a few more times before winter hits and then again next year. After the last few months of running the same routes training for the half marathon, this was the breath of fresh air I was in desperate need of. Having a running buddy just added to the overall enjoyment of the day (minus the heat issues).
Have you ever tried trail running? What were your experiences? Did you invest in trail shoes?