Last night, after having missed my morning run due to
The first section of the trail I ran last night basically goes up and up for the first mile. About half way up I caught up to a guy in a red shirt that had started up a few minutes before me. He was walking and as soon as he heard me, started running again. As I was trying to figure out how long it would take to catch up and pass him he slowed to a walk again and then pulled off the trail huffing and puffing. It's a pretty decent incline and I can't blame him for taking a break, but I'll be honest, I felt pretty hardcore passing by him and making a conscious effort to breathe easily as I did so. :)
The rest of my run went pretty easily. There was no one on the trail and it was nice to be running on it. The last time I did trails was for the Ridgeline Ramble and it was nice to have the solitude and peace that trail running brings. I stopped for a bit at 2 miles to respond to my sister-in-law's text about some awesome Star Wars cookie cutters and lunch tin (thanks for the heads up Elizabeth, Calvin is going to love them!!). It was so lovely.
I thought I'd take a nice picture... as I was trying to get the perfect shot (never happened) no less than 6 mosquitoes started feasting on me. I hate mosquito bites (doesn't everyone?!) so I quickly took off again. At 2.5 I decided it would be best to turn around if I was going to make it back down while I could still see.
Before heading back down the last section of the trail, I stopped to send Dan a text to let him know that I was less than a mile from the street. As I was doing so, the red shirt guy ran past me. I'm not sure where he came from because he hadn't been on the trail but it was on, I had my rabbit and what could be better than "chicking" a guy twice in the same run?! Apparently he knew what I was up to, or at least he didn't want to get passed again, because he took off when he saw me. There were a couple spots that I thought I was going to get him, but ultimately he won the race down the mountain. Although, he did stop at the moment the trail stopped and I ran past him to the street, which is the real finish line... therefore I did pass him again and right at the end when it matters most. :D Since it was still plenty light at street level I headed around the bark path for another mile to bring my run to 6 miles, which was only 2 miles short of what I had planned... not too bad.
In other news, Jonny has learned a new trick:
Isn't it lovely the things kids learn from their older siblings?! I guess I can say at least he isn't drinking from the toilet... of course not, that is for playing with cars in.
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