Monday, March 3, 2008

Am I Still a Trail Runner?

Yesterday (Sunday) was a pretty nice day. Partly sunny and the late morning temperatures were in the low 50s. I went out to Lake of the Woods trails...and ran the asphalt bike path. Kind of sad. Saturday I ran the trails there and ended up being soaked with water and mud. Not to mention dancing around the snow and ice. Sunday I figured a 6.6 mile bike path run would be better. Not sure how I've changed. A couple years ago I would have mocked anyone (including myself) for running on a bike path rather than the trail. Who cares about weather? So what if the trail is muddy? The nastier, the better! I think this long winter has gotten to me. I'm tired of snow and ice. Even when the weather is nice, the trails are in poor shape--saturated with water and very sloppy. What used to be a fun kid-like tromp through the slush has become just another slow sloppy run.

So am I still a real trail runner? Around the 1/2 mile mark on the bike path, there is a low spot that serves to drain the farmland and prairie. Yesterday there was a small stream flowing across the bike path. I'd guess it was about ten feet across and had water 3 inches deep. Not exactly the American River at Rucky Chucky on the Western States trail! When I got to this spot, there were 2 walkers with their dogs, paused at the edge, wondering what to do. Is there a choice? I ran right through the deepest part and kept on going...picking up the pace a bit as I took off down the path. Did the same thing on the way back...again with another couple stopped at the edge. Felt good. I may not be the most devout trail runner every single day, but I can still enjoy getting wet. Yeah, I'm still a trail runner at heart. My mind just keeps me out of the mud when it's had a long, cold, and dark winter to deal with. I'm sure both my mind and heart will be back on the trail once spring is here.


Ian said...

yes you are!!

Chris said...

After yet another snowfall, I think I'm a "treadmill" runner. At least I'm getting cross training with all the snow shoveling!

mozer1 said...

It is not the number of trail runs that makes a trail runner. Rather, it is the feeling you get when you head out for a nice long run on the rail (excited to get muddy, wet, and tired) that makes you a trail runner.

I would say you are the definition of Trail Runner!