May 19, 2008

hello, old friend

today, for the first time in 17 days, i was dying to run. i knew this was a feeling that needed to be embraced before it passed and my window of desire closed. i blew the dust off my running shoes, rummaged through the running drawer that hadn't been opened in weeks - dug out some shorts, a marathon top, plugged into some tunes and headed out the door before i could hear my bike ask me where i was going without it.

i had a plan today. the plan included taking my run off the road and up into the trails. i had been wanting to to try out the trails for so long and figured there was no time like the present. for all i knew it could be another 17 days before i wanted to run again. i crossed the bridge that would have taken me into the park, but instead of following my usual route; i saw a path that disapeared into the woods and i just ran right up.

and i ran and ran and ran. over rocks, tree roots, logs, streams, turtles, hills, mud, puddles and switchbacks. i felt like i was flying and could run forever - as long as i was on a trail. as soon as i hit a road, i slowed down or walked while i searched out another trail to tackle. out on the trails with nothing under me but my own two feet, that old running love came back just a bit. it's nice to get back together with an old friend & try out something new.

12 comments:

Bob Gentile said...

i ran and ran and ran. over rocks, tree roots, logs, streams, turtles, hills, mud, puddles and switchbacks.
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ahhhh good Times!! Congrats on ur trail FUN Run!!

Bob Gentile said...

PS Congrats on ur DFL ...and YES trumps DNF or DNS big time, way to grind it out, says something big time about ur character, ur a WINNER!

caroline said...

As much as I dislike running, I do LOVE running on trails. It's a completely different beast. Like it's not "running," but more as if it's "keeping up with the air."

nothingeverything said...

...as the path disappears into the woods and you wonder..... you're gone.... only thing now is how long could you run before you have to come back in.... or back out...

house on hill road said...

hey! i went off road today, too! ok, so it was the grass at seneca, not the park trails, but my calf feels ok!

Vickie said...

Glad to see you enjoyed your run. A change of scenery was all it took! I need to catch up on your biking posts now too!

Nat said...

Two comments in one:
1. That run sounds lovely.

2. ON DFL: Well done on sucking it up and getting it done. I had DFL except for a walker at an event last weekend (it was a 15K, and there were only 27 runners.) In spite of this, I am still odly curious about the cycling...

Nat said...

Two comments in one:
1. That run sounds lovely.

2. ON DFL: Well done on sucking it up and getting it done. I had DFL except for a walker at an event last weekend (it was a 15K, and there were only 27 runners.) In spite of this, I am still odly curious about the cycling...

Non-Runner Nancy said...

OMG, Zanne?!?! Is that you? I'm so glad I recognized you. It's been so long. I totally thought you'd left the building.

:D Glad you had the desire today, Sweetie!!

SLB said...

Ain't nothing like the trails to give you that zing...although I can't say I have ever seen a turtle!

Next you'll be MTB racing!

Nibbles said...

Turtles?! I want to see some turtles on my next run. Can I come with you?

See Zanne Run said...

the turtle freaked me out a little bit, i thought it was a rock until he popped his little head back in!