Friday, May 1, 2009

Trail Running is therapudic

Last week, or maybe it was 2 weeks ago, I ran one too many times on the roads, and I hurt my ankle. I tried various things, like RICE, trying to figure out what caused it, etc...

I cut back on the running, and all the glorious gains I had experienced evaporated. I went back up from mid 180's to low 190's (pounds that is), leg muscle definition went soft, and generally felt miserable.

I then decided to give up on trying to run on the roads, and went back to trails. Every other day, I run 1 to 1.5 hours on the trails, and my ankle problems largely went away.

Plus, I ran a 5 mile trail race on Sunday, and I did unexpectedly well. I could still see the frontrunners after a mile! I lost some places on the first 600ft hill, but I slowed down a bit and got my legs and wind back, and didn't lose any more spots. I actually avoided getting "chicked"! This is something I haven't been able to do since the early 1990's!

I'm constantly amazed at how therapudic trail running is vs. road running.

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