Forest Beauty & Trail Running: Macro

I love to run the trails — mountain running too.  It is my new addiction in the race circuit and all my adventures in the trails get me ready for the next race.  At the same time I get to run amongst the trees, the rocks, the mud and swamps….  the beauty of the forest… when you hike you take it all in — when I run it is SUPER charged!  My best pace in the run of late has been in the low 9 minute per mile mark — which is pretty fast when you consider you are dodging all the rocks, sticks, stumps, mud and blackberry bushes!  πŸ™‚  And it is always HILLY on the trails I run – so I am pretty proud of my progress out there!

Pros & Cons of Trail & Mountain Running
As you see – I decided to put the cons first and end on a high note!  Please comment and let me know what you like about walking or running or enjoying hiking in the trails.  I love them!  Everyone of these cons is view as a Challenge to me!

Cons (Challenges):
1. It is always a slower pace in the trails, because of the obstacles and the number of twists & turns and therefore “shows” a slower run when you are in it and the trees are FLYING by it feels so fast!
2. Mud – means needing to hose off Oakley and me and my shoes when we are in “wet” season – which is all but August, September & October around here! πŸ™‚
3. Sticks – in the trail can trip you and twist you and scratch you and take you DOWN!  I have gotten into quite some crazy falls because of tripping on a stick!
4. Rocks – I have fallen on rocks, twisted ankles on rocks and have shown ROCK rash on my arms, knees & legs.  I love rocks and how they look in my back yard, not on my body! πŸ™‚  But I love to run on rocks, so what are you going to do?  πŸ™‚
5. Falls – I hate to fall, but have hit the dirt so many times bruising my palms.  It really hasn’t been that often but I run the trails every day so … yes… I crash —
6. Brush & trees in the trail — there is a HUGE need to trail blaze in our trails, there is tree limbs sticking out in the trail and I spend so much time batting them from my eyes (which yes I have been poked several times and scratched my face too).  There are blackberry bushes that I actually duck under in one spot, but they are nasty!  Need to get out there and clean it up as it will make a nicer run.  πŸ™‚

Pros (Why I LOVE it!): 
1. Running with Oakley (my dog) – off leash!  
2. The scenery  — it goes by so fast, but it is just so cool out there
3. The hills – after many times in the trails I have trained to love hills. The hills make it so challenging
4. The challenge!  I love to run various trails and challenge myself to know them better
5. The build up of strength and agility.  It is like skiing in the trees and the bumps, looking for the obstacles everywhere and being ON top of it all! It really trains your focus like nothing else.
6. The zen.  The mindset of a trail runner and the thoughts that go through your mind at the same time concentrating on what is up ahead
7. The adventure!  Feeling like a mountain woman!  Hear me roar!  : )
8. Specific to Mountain running there is a HUGE sense of achievement that can’t be matched when you reach the top!
Here is my selection for Macro Monday — a beauty from the woods, If I see them I dodge them so not to bother the growth of this beautiful forest plant.  Hope you like it as much as I do!  Please comment below!  I love to hear all the feedback!
Happy Monday! 
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Nancy Peck Cook is a trainer and speaker who has presented in front of large and small audiences for the past 25 years.Β  Her work as an executive and volunteer trainer for the American Cancer Society during the growth of the signature activity Relay For Life trained professionals to be more confident and successful in their roles.Β 

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