After yesterday's struggle to run 2 miles, it felt great today to be excited about getting out for a run. While my husband took the kids fishing (they didn't catch anything … again), I ran 2.5 miles on a new trail. The trail was a big challenge for me. It was uneven, there were lots of mountain bikers on it, and there were lots of tree roots to trip over. In fact, I tripped over one, but thankfully, I didn't fall. My iPod (yes, I took a picture; see the tree roots on the trail?) and iPhone were not so lucky, but since the fall distance was not far, they survived.
Because the run was through a lot of dense trees, RunKeeper's GPS (see video about RunKeeper if you don't know what it is) was not able to not track me for the entire run. But the timer kept working, and the calorie count made me very happy. Afterward, we went to dinner where I enjoyed delicious roasted vegetables. An opera singer sang “happy birthday” to my husband, and he and the kids enjoyed some of this, which was a gift from the restaurant management. I ate it with my eyes only. Here's the deal on today's run:
- Weather. 68°F, clear and sunny.
- Location. Colonel Beatty Park, around the lake
- Distance. 2.5 miles
- Calories. 273
- Time. 8:04pm
- Run Time. 39:20 minutes
- Average Pace. 15.45 minutes/mile (better pace than yesterday!)
- Playlist. On The Media
- Condition. Very good, excellent even. I had to be very careful on this particular trail. All I need is a sprained ankle, but even with that, I feel good about the time. If my husband and kids had not been ready to end the fishing, I would have run a full 3 miles. Next time I feel this strong, I will. That 5K is not far away now!
Question: If you run, do you run on trails that are bumpy and filled with tree roots? Do you like the challenge, even though you have to be extra careful?