I have been fortunate to be blessed/cursed with an overactive imagination. If a psychiatrist or psychologist (still confused on the difference) was ever able to get in my head, I imagine a fancy white coat that ties in the back would be in my future. Thankfully, I have stayed off the therapist couch so I am safe. But my imagination has allowed me to run ridiculously long runs on extremely boring terrain. When training for my first attempt at Rocky Raccoon, I did a 40 miler in an area the size of Tiger Stadium. That run definitely fit the definition of insanity.
That insanity leads me to my question: Do you prefer Convenience or Excitement?
Convenience: Being able to throw on your shoes, walk out the door and go run.
Excitement: Running on varying terrain with beautiful scenery or treacherous trails.
I have always been envious of people who can walk out their door and be on a beautiful trail. I follow enough of them on Instagram to make me want to move to the mountains. When I walk out the door, it’s concrete and houses with the occasional dog barking from behind a fence. Definite rinse and repeat scenario.
A couple of weeks ago, Christine & I finally broke down and flew to North Carolina to go run some trails. I managed to make it to the park once and about 1/4 of a mile down the trail I ran into this:
The river had eaten about 75 yards of the trail. I had two choices: turn around and go back the other way or head straight up the mountain which was covered in wet leaves and I was wearing slick road shoes.
I went up the mountain. And I made it with minimal effort. But coming back down was a broken leg waiting to happen. I didn’t have my cell phone with me to call for broken leg extraction help (Christine), so it was a slow process. But this run was the type of excitement I needed.
Here’s the problem. Because I am sitting at my desk at work at 4:00 AM each morning, I am pretty worn out by the afternoon. So convenience wins 99.9% of the time. But the race I am going to do will be be heavy on the excitement side (and probably terrifying too). So I am going to have to start making some trips to more technical areas to prepare for it. Running 31 miles with lots of climbing is going to be tough enough. Not preparing for it will just be stupid.
So what do you do?
By the way, I didn’t fly to North Carolina just to go run. If I only had that luxury! I went up there to see Mason swim.
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