This 6 mile run, my attempt to get back into the swing of things with running, was brutal. Period. Multiple times, I thought I was going to vomit. That feeling is not at all cool with me. The temperature was a little higher than it was in the spring, but not unbearable. I think the feeling of ookiness is a result of very well rested legs going a little too fast.
Anyway, this run took place (mostly) on the WSU bark mulch trails. Up and down. Up and down. One hill...after another. Way to bounce back into running, eh? Kent agreed to run with me, but we needed to swing by Albertson's to return a Red Box movie. There's mile 1. He wanted to show me some "new-to-him" trails over on campus. Getting to campus is another mile. Running through the hilly trails made miles 3 through 5. The last mile was to get back home....which is all uphill. Steep, steep, steep uphill. So much for my plan of "an easy 3 miler".
I haven't done a lot of trail running since last summer. I had forgotten how ankle intense it can be. You really have to stabilize a lot during a trail run. Small snippets of the trails out there are on wooden foot bridges that shake uncontrollably as you run across them.
|This is an image from early in the spring, but I wanted to show you the foot bridges I keep blabbing about.|
Other than the run being difficult for me and LONG (seemed like forever), it felt mentally good to hit the road again. Even though the road was a trail. To sum it up....
- My shins have been a tad achy ever since the run. Hills and speed do that to me. I need to remember to stretch them often these next few weeks so they get into the game with the rest of me.
- My knees were very, very tender throughout this run & after. However, they aren't killing me. Backing off from some of the summer races I planned on running was a smart move for my knees.