I was pretty sore and tired today - but still had my runner's high from yesterday's race. Had to be at work at 7:30am (on a Sunday!!) and by the time the workday was ending I was seriously thinking about just skipping my run because, well, because it would be the easy thing to do. And it's still pretty hot. And we had a house warming bbq to go to. But I sucked it up and squeezed in a run before we went and was of course glad that I did.
So Sadie and I headed out for a nice and easy 5 mile run on a relatively flat route. My legs felt fine after they loosened up around mile 1. This route is where I usually go on my easy days or my recovery runs. It's an out and back that alternates between asphalt and gravel, with a bit of dirt trail stuck in the middle. The photo is of a little "bridge" that makes me extremely nervous every time I run over it because it bends more than you want a bridge you're on to bend. Below it is about a five foot drop off where Sadie can climb down and take a dip and drink.
Yesterday's trail race was very exciting to me. It confirmed that I definitely prefer the trails to the road. I can't wait until I get into real shape so I can attempt a trail ultra. I hope I don't get my hopes up too high when I haven't even run a normal marathon yet. :) But hey, this time last year I wouldn't have even imagined that I'd be able to go on runs of 15 miles or do 11 mile trail races on mountains. So I'm confident that if I continue to train that by this time next year I will be able to run at least 3,000 miles across the USA. :) Okay, I admit, I think I'm still a bit delirious from yesterday....
Today: 5 miles
Rest day tomorrow - which means yard work. :(