I heard a great saying, 'Runners don't get snowed in, just snowed on', but I'm a little ready for spring to arrive as I'm sure most people are. Here in Indy we received quite a bit of snowfall, and I had to stop at miles 2 and 4 to clean my glasses off. Next week I'm back to Louisville for work and found a local park that most runners seem to favor. Looking forward to exploring trails there and hopefully warmer conditions.
Today I did something different, I participated in my very first trail run at Holiday Park. Only 5 miles, but it kicked my ass. But wow, what a great time I had. It rained pretty hard last night, so I ran in the mud, in wet sand, in silt, over roots, up and down wet stone steps, over wet planks. To be honest I was in over my head with this, and especially trying to heal from a calf injury. Way more intense than I imagined. Thankfully I am feeling great post run, and you might notice I'm smiling in the video for a change. Yes, I'm interested in doing more of these as they pop up. Next up, Toledo marathon on 4/22.
My first run of any substantial milage in 13 days. About two weeks ago I had a pretty severe calf muscle pull and decided the next day, 'Hey, let's run 4 more miles on it.' So that was a bad idea. Today was nice, I do have work to do in making up lost ground, but I crossed paths with Pirate Cat on my journey. A local celebrity we have in Indy and he brightened my day.
I will saying feeling your calf muscle make a 'popping' sensation was bad enough, but hearing it was pretty scary. The running community in general was great with a lot of helpful suggestions to get me up and running, and healed! Besides the pain the hardest past was just not being able to run at all. I can definitely see a measurable difference in my attitude and life perspective when I'm not able to lace up and hit the trails. With the weather starting to improve, the days getting longer, and staying healthy I hope to really turn in some great mileage. Add to that I hope to turn in some improved marathon times over the next several months!
Ryan (That's me)
Runner, writer, and a survivor. It's all about living the life you want and helping each other along the way.