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Thursday, September 13, 2012

Duh!

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Sometimes I am just so dumb! I have wanted to go trail running forever, well, pretty much since I started running, if my stash of Trail Runner magazines that goes back to 2010 is any indication. But I haven't. Why? Because I thought I needed special trail running shoes!

Duh.

I mean, really. Sometimes I am just so dumb! I find something that I really, really want to do and then proceed to make excuses as to why I "can't."

On Monday I ran on a trail - not the nice, wide, flat Tobacco Trail, but a glorious, winding, undulating, rock and root covered single track trail with a lake view! In my road shoes! And I survived!

Duh.

Last night I met running friend Heather for 4 miles in Bond Park. We stuck to the Greenways and had a nice run, but I wanted to run a little more so she headed home to pack for her vacation (lucky girl!) and I headed to my new favorite trail around the lake.

I don't know what it is about trail running, but it's like I feed off the energy of the trail. I just kept going and going, feeling good, a giddy smile plastered on my face that no doubt made everyone I passed think I was nuts (then again, they probably "got it!"). So, why didn't I try this sooner?

Gah.

I am already searching for some trail races to put on my calendar next year. Trail shoes or no, you will find me out there smiling like a freak at least once a week from now on!

And hopefully, I've learned my lesson. Nike nailed it, man. JUST. DO. IT.

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