Day # 134 ~ 3.5 miles
This morning I hit over 1000 miles without a day off.
This morning I felt I have ran 1000 miles without a day off.
Let me explain.
This weekend Hubbs took the kids and I to Walnut Creek Park. He told me I had 2 hours to run.
Oh Goody! I was excited. I really need time on technical trails again before the Ultra at the end of October. So even though I was completely unprepared for serious trail running I grabbed a trail map, kissed the family and started running.
I wanted to work on my trail navigation, tracking and downhill speed.
(that, my friends, is what is called forshadowing!)
Since I did not know the trails my pace was painfully slow but I reminded myself to work on the aspects of trail running that I had planned to work on. There is nothing worse than changing your running plan mid-run. It makes for moments of mental "absenses." You know what I mean, when you are lost in your thougths or lost in your planning your next move and not staying present.
Well, while you are on unfamilar technical trails there is no time for that!
(more of that foreshadowing)
I stopped at intersections to plan which trail I would take but I felt comfortable while on the trails and never felt like I had missed a marker. During the run even on the rockiest sections I felt confident about my tracking and finding my path. However on the steepest downhills I was still slowing more than I wanted to.
(...foreshadowing...wait for it...)
I was out of the harder sections and had decided that I was just going to put in a few more miles and call it a day. I did not have enough water and I was covered in salt already. These choices put me on a moderate trail of about 2 miles to loop me back to the playground. That is when I started to mentally recap what I had done "right" and what I had done "not so right."
...And then I was flying! What???!?!?
Then I was sliding rolling painfully bouncing on rocks down the side of a hill.
At that very moment I had been thinking about the consequences of falling with a handheld and not wanting to suffer an unarressted fall. The fall lasted long enough for me to strike almost every surface of my body.
Okay, slight overstatement.
I was able to not hit my face.
The side of my head; shoulder; upper back; right forearm; major knee, calf, right hand and ankle damage.
The funny thing is that after we got home and I
It was a painful lesson in staying present mentally. It's a mistake I hope I don't make again!
I just hope this run isn't foreshadowing for the October Ultra!
What is your best "fall" story?
Did it make you trail/run shy afterward?