Monday, June 13, 2011

Yearning for Trails

I wish the phrase "the long and winding road" would be "the long and winding trail."  Since moving back to Meigs County, I have not been running many trails.  It's been about four weeks now and I have touched trail just once - I had to drive 30 minutes to get there and they were mostly overgrown.  I was fortunate to have easy access to trails for the past four years via Shawnee State Forest when I was at school, but there are no trails around here.  To be relieved from asphalt I mostly run the gravel roads that are plentiful in Meigs County... they don't compare to sweet singletrack though. 

Luckily for me, I will be spending a good bit of time on trails in the coming weeks.  I am flying out to Denver to meet a friend on the 21st and heading up to Boulder for a little while and then down to Colorado Springs and camping a few nights.  After my friend leaves to go up to the Tetons with his mom, I don't know how much longer I will stay out there - hopefully a good while.  I am definitely looking forward to running on the trails in the Springs and wherever else I go.  If I am still around for the 8th I would love to head to Silverton and watch Hardrock... I've never been to a 100 miler.  I just don't have much way of transportation besides public transit and my feet.  Should be a good time.

Since the marathon 16 days ago I have resumed running normally.  I ran the day after and decided to take two days off, since then I have been running a good bit.  Last week I hit 82 miles for the week and my body feels smooth and rejuvenated despite the 90+ degree weather.  Summer running has always been my favorite season to run - probably because its a time to just run mileage and no workouts or races.  Now that college running is over, I guess that's what I'll be doing year-round. 

That's it for now.