It’s time for A Beer Run. This is a little feature that I dreamed up for my blog where I will talk about my very worst running experiences. The runs that drive me to drink.
Unfortunately my first experience with a trail run scores a perfect 5 out of 5 on the Beer-O-Meter. Which is just great because if you recall, my very first marathon is ON A TRAIL. FOR 26.2 MILES INSTEAD OF ONLY 5.
I am more of a wine drinker myself, but “Beer-O-Meter” has such a nice ring to it. I did not drink 5 glasses of wine last night because I had to work today, but I definitely enjoyed more than one. Or two.
I was very excited to run on a trail. Not only is there is a great one close to my office, but as I mentioned above Bob Potts is on a rail trail. How cool and convenient that I would have similar terrain to train on so close to home! After my experience yesterday, however, I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a little freaked out about how I’m going to make it through that marathon.
Because I like to at least try to be a little optimistic about things, here are some aspects of my run that were GOOD. I had to think about this for like 10 minutes because really…there wasn’t a lot:
- I had no worries about getting hit by cars and I didn’t have to stop for any traffic lights. This was pretty legit.
- It was peaceful, if that’s your M.O.
- There was a little stream to look at.
- At one point there was an interesting bridge.
- I saw some squirrels.
- I passed some friendly people who were walking, running, and biking.
- Some had cute dogs.
See how I’m grasping at straws here?
And now for the BAD:
- It was unseasonably hot and humid. I had too many layers on. I had to take some short breaks because my breathing was all off.
- I have never run on a trail before and the unfamiliar terrain felt awkward.
- There were wet leaves all over the place and I was worried about slipping and breaking my neck.
- When there weren’t people or cute dogs around, it was very solitary and more than a little creepy. A zombie or axe murderer could have come crashing through the forest and I wouldn’t have been surprised.
- It was FLAT. I never realized how much I love hills until I was on that trail. This is awesome because my marathon is flat. /sarcasm
- It was straight.
- Basically it was boring as all hell. I’m just not into the whole peaceful thing. I figured out yesterday that I’m much more of an urban runner.
The whole thing was such a train wreck (haha it’s a rail trail…get it?) that I was in a terrible mood when I got back to my car. No runner’s high and no real sense of accomplishment besides being happy that I didn’t collapse in the woods and get eaten by a bear.
So what’s a girl supposed to do? I took to social media last night to ask local friends if they thought this trail was as boring as I did and found that some people supported my opinion. This made me feel a little better; at least it wasn’t just me.
I’m hoping that with practice, maybe some new trail running shoes, a little bit of crowd support, and what I hope is a more interesting route, I’ll be able to enjoy my first marathon. With less humid months ahead, maybe training for it will become a little more tolerable as well. Fingers crossed.