Ever since I ventured out on the trails in Park City, I’ve spent much more time here at home exploring all of dirt, rocks and wildflowers that so happens to be just a few minutes from my house.
There’s something that is so much different about trail running than road running, and to be honest there are a billion reasons why. It’s so peaceful, yet never boring [don’t want to trip on a rock and fall down a mountain], plus the varying terrain makes its a very rewarding workout. And you just don’t get views like this on the road.
Every Wednesday I’ve been meeting up with a few friends to test out the different trails in Colorado. So far, no trip has been boring and has included storms, suicidal birds and lots of laughs….. and then usually beer. Because there’s nothing better than a Wednesday night full of trails + beer.
One morning I even headed out by myself for a solo run, only to be literally chased by three deer. Not kidding. Took me about a quarter mile to get rid of them. Not sure if they were wanting to play or stomp on me, but I now have a deer phobia. Probably not a good thing to have seeing as I live about a 5 minute walk from the backside of Green Mountain/William F. Hayden Park. Eek.
Any tips for solo trail runs/wildlife? I’m such a sissy when it comes to large animals.
I’m not fast — by any means — and trail running paces seem to be lightyears slower than road paces. But you know what? I actually like that. It gives you time to actually soak in the views around you and truly be in the moment.
So? What’s next? I’m loving spending extra time out on the trails, especially since it’s a great break from all of the noise of everyday life… but there might be opportunity for something more than just weekly Weds. night runs.
A peaceful Green Mountain morning.
…..and that might be a trail race. Heidi is trying to convince me to sign up for the Steamboat Stinger Trail Half Marathon in August, and to be honest I’m on the fence. Part of me says “Why not! She makes it look easy! Sounds fun! TRAILS WEEEEE.”
The other part of me remembers that it would probably take me 4+ hours, I should probably train for it…. and Heidi runs 50+ mile races…. so she is crazy and I shouldn’t listen to her anyways. 😉
So we shall see! Don’t tell anyone, but I’m actually leaning towards ‘YES.’
Trail running vs. road vs. treadmill — Which one’s your special sauce?