Hey everyone! Can you believe it’s already Thursday? I was looking forward to camping this weekend with a lot of friends, but it looks like we have rain on the way 😦 I’ll have to find some other fun things to do instead!
Between the cancelled camping trip and some work related stress, I was not happy today. My last shift ended at 3:00 in Roxborough, and I realized that I was super close to Forbidden Drive, which is a 7 mile gravel trail that runs along Wissahickon Creek. It’s flat, scenic, and a new trail for me, so I decided to go for a run there to de-stress before driving an hour home in traffic!
The trail is really wide, and when I first started I felt that there was so much room to run. And then I noticed huge groups of either high school or college track teams running along the trail. They took up so much room, and they made me feel suuuper slow. I probably won’t go back to Forbidden Drive at 3:30 ever again, it was way too busy!
The cool thing is that there were tons of trails leading off Forbidden Drive, including this one which went across the creek on a covered bridge! So pretty! I might take one of the smaller trails in the future. I’m sure they’re less crowded, I just didn’t want to get lost today.
I was having so much fun checking out the scenery that I actually was upset when I realized I was at 1.5 miles and needed to turn around. So then I asked myself, “What if I run until 2 miles before turning around?” It’s amazing what running does to you – some days you’re ready to give up, and on other days you’re able to push yourself farther without much effort. I was running at a pace that I thought would allow me to run 4 miles, so I went for it. And guess what?
I ran 4 miles! Wooohooo! First 4 miler since April! And my pace wasn’t too slow either! I ran a 5 miler last December in 1 hour, which was a 12:00/mile pace. My pace is definitely improving which is really exciting! Also, this is the first outdoor appearance of my new Mizunos and they did awesome!
Now here’s a confession: I’ve always been too embarrassed to work out in front of other people because I get super sweaty and my face gets really red. This is why I hated playing sports in high school, and refused to run the mile in gym class. Usually after I finish running people stop me and ask me if I’m okay, which makes me feel awful. I’ve been getting better at doing this lately because even though I still worry about looking too sweaty in public, I understand that sweat is a good thing because it means that I’m getting an awesome workout. Today I was initially embarrassed to be super sweaty and out of breath in front of all those track teams, but at the end of my run I can honestly say that I was so proud of how sweaty I looked because I freaking earned it!
What’s your favorite running trail? Do you ever secretly worry about looking gross after a workout?