A couple weeks ago due to road construction I was forced onto a new trail in Forest Park. It was the first time in several years I started my run from a different trailhead. I was annoyed and my enthusiasm for a run quickly soured; but as I started running, unfamiliarity greeted me at every turn.
I’ve been struggling with lingering calf injuries for a while (yes, both calves), so I’ve been taking it easy; keeping the miles to a minimum. The result is I’m out of shape, don’t push myself, and am frustrated. I put “run” on my weekly to-do list, as if it were a chore.
But on a new trail that day my interest was piqued. What was around the next corner? Past that towering tree? I had a renewed enjoyment for running – it didn’t feel like work. I went back the next day to the same trail and ran for over an hour. I could have gone for two. Was it my new running tights that provided the extra pep in my step? My guess is that I took a fresh approach to what had become routine for me. [Continue Reading]