Weekly Mileage: 21 miles
Total Mileage: 49 miles
Remember how I told y’all last week that I was going to make early morning runs happen?
Well, not 15 minutes into my Thursday morning run, I almost ran over a giant Snapping Turtle. Look.
So blurry, I know.
I actually love all turtles, but generally speaking, unless you are engaging in Turtle Search & Rescue on the open road, it’s best to keep a distance in my opinion.
In case you thought that was where All Of The Drama ended, think again. We had a beast of a storm on Friday evening that left my running trail looking like this.
Part of it is still obstructed by a downed power line (which also means that there are a lot of people nearby without power!), so that keeps things exciting, no?
All of that aside, I’ve really been enjoying the opportunity to run before work rather than after – the chance to enjoy the sunrise has been a wonderful gift. And I’ve been able to do yoga out on the deck in the afternoons as a result. This is not a bad trade-off.
I’m continuing to really make time for yoga and foam rolling so that I can keep my feet (the right one especially) in-shape to run.
One thing that I learned during last year’s Festival Of Physical Therapy is that I am a toe runner. Or as my PT more accurately described it, when I ran this way I was essentially jumping from toe to toe instead of really striking at all. The transition from that “form” of running to a midfoot strike has been a challenging one over the past year. I have had to spend so much time learning to run properly upright (apparently I looked vaguely reminiscent of a hunchback) and have had to build enough muscle in my glutes to actually have glutes to “use.”
I don’t ordinarily consider myself to be someone who struggles with patience, but this (year-long) season has really tested that. This week I am thankful for the miles spent running into the sun.