The two-week taper makes me feel week and soft. Or maybe it’s the lack of sore muscles talking, because my short taper-length runs have felt fabulous for my feet and mood. My calf has healed, and I feel like I have more energy. Hopefully this carries over through tomorrow, my first trail marathon.
I can’t help but feel emotional and full of joy when I think about running tomorrow, regardless of how my run actually goes. I’m grateful for my coach, Head Tramp Coleen, and all my running partners these past few months. I’d be a different person right now, had it not been for that first trail run back in March.
Two roads diverged in a wood and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. — robert frost
Trail running has been vital to my post-divorce recovery.
Running has helped me find and define the single, almost-empty-nester me in my 40s.
On a good run, I’m reminded of how I feel when I ride my bike, Sparky, and lift my feet off the pedals to coast downhill, ringing the bell at people I pass. I’m reminded of the four-year-old me the first time I successfully rode my little yellow bike without training wheels, flying down a grassy hill, feeling like “I’ve got this!,” while also hoping for the softest landing and minimal bruising.
Lately, I’ve been having a lot of that Teenage Feeling, minus the angst. Who knew my 40s would be so fun?