This morning’s two-hour barefoot trail run: all gain, no pain
With more hot, humid weather expected, I hit the trails of Irvine Park/Santiago Oaks early today.
My goal: to run for two hours up and down the hills of Barham Ridge.
It was peaceful (for a while), but then the Saturday crowds showed up. It’s always tough to not get grumpy whilst having to jump clear of approaching mountain bikers.
What was fun about this pair of young guys was that I beat them up the 20-minute switchback factory that is Coachwhip Trail. That always puts me in a “go-go granny” good mood.
I’ve said it before and I’ll keep repeating: I’ve not been able to run like this for years (or ever?). Losing my shoes (and finding the right physical therapist) have made all the difference, and for that I thank God.
The sheer joy of bounding, prancing, loping, and dancing (barefoot!) up and down the hilly trails outside my hometown of Orange, CA–home also to all kinds of fabulous native plants, animals, rocks, etc.–has transformed my running into a series of surprising adventures.
But there’s lots to enjoy “closer to home” — in my back yard full of native plants (and the critters who love them too).
In my yard or in our local hills: late summer brings its own austere beauty. How thankful I am to be able to experience it all shoelessly.
And–making my two-hour goal is another step on the way toward the “barefoot trail marathon” dream. Maybe in 2014?