It was a shut up + run morning. It’s a very good thing I love trail running as much as I do or today would have sucked. We headed up to the foothills (Lyons, CO) to get in a few miles. The wind was being ornery and obnoxious. He thought he was so cool blowing over fixtures at the trailhead:
The run up is about a 1,000 foot elevation gain over three miles or so. It feels like this:
Add running into the freezing wind and you might want to cry on occasion. It was 29° but with the wind it was -47° or so. We were going to do 8 to 10 miles today, but decided 6 would be plenty because who needs to be an over achiever on a Sunday morning? The trail conditions were also not good – lots of frozen mud shaped by footprints and mountain bike tires. Some ice and snow. Very tough to run on.
I did try out my new trail shoes. Brooks Cascadia. I found them at Running Warehouse for $65, plus I found a 10% code on line. Final price was about $59 with free shipping. Not bad for a shoe that is usually $1,000 or something like that.
My latest discovery, told to my by my PT, is that my left leg is longer than my right. If you are smart, you call this a leg length discrepancy. I call it “one leg longer than another” and “running with a limp.” The PT thinks this is the root of many of my left side issues. I am now running with a lift in my shoe. And, in my slipper. Yes, I have secured it in there with scotch tape because I am classy. I think the lift costs more than the slippers.
It would be lovely if this lift makes all of my problems disappear. Maybe I will suddenly have no urges to crap on runs, maybe my bank account will triple, maybe my dog will stop licking himself. No doubt I will run a sub three hour marathon with my new lift.
It is almost time to create my training plan for my trail marathon in June. I have no idea how to make a plan for a trail race. Do you? Let me know if you have any insight or good resources.
Happy Sunday. I’m going to find a couch to nap on.