Monday, February 8, 2010

Reflecting on a great weekend of running

It was a good weekend for running and I was fortunate to have two new experiences: running with my friend KWL on Saturday morning and taking on the trails at Muttontown Preserve on Sunday. Muttontown pretty much chewed me up and spit me out - the challenge was much greater than I'd anticipated. You'd think after so many rough experiences at Stillwell Woods my going-in position would be less naive. Muttontown is more than twice the size of Stillwell, a fact that surprised me when I read that the Muttontown Preserve has 550 acres of grounds.

As I inspected my badly scraped knee and the various scratches on my body that came from bushwhacking through trees and brush, I realized how lucky I am to have a choice of interesting and challenging trail areas less than ten minutes from my home. My wife looked at my knee yesterday as I changed out of my running clothes and said it looked awful. She then looked at my face and said "You really think this is great don't you? You're grinning like a big kid." My wife was correct, of course. I was thrilled by the workout (I covered about 4 miles yesterday) so I'm progressing well for my March 7th trail race. I'm looking forward to this race and I'm really excited about a delivery we'll be getting in the next few weeks. More on that later!

3 comments:

  1. Looks like you had fun with your knee and all. You gotta love it. Running makes us all feel like kids sometimes. That is the Essence of Running. Glad to hear you had a great weekend and that you are getting back on track. I have looked up some trails around where I live, and was surprised to actually see a few, though not 10 minutes away like yours. lol. They actually have some trail races here in March I am thinking about checking out. Take Care.

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  2. GLad to see you are recovering well.

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  3. Thanks Kenley. I hope you do get to the trails. Let me know if you do and we can compare notes.

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