Past the two-hour mark: building barefoot trail time
Another milestone over the weekend: I was out moving for almost three hours on the trails of Irvine Park/Barham Ridge/Santiago Oaks. With the recent hot weather, it’s been good to start before dawn–which makes for more chances of seeing crepuscular critter action:
My goal was to keep a slow and steady pace as I increase my once-a-week “long run” on my way toward a shimmering goal of running a trail marathon with nothing on my feet. (I can’t write “barefoot” because there are some odd ideas about what constitutes “bare-foot-ed-ness” out there in the blog-o-sphere.)
To add to the fun, I wore my new/recycled running skirt for the first time.
It was OK but not fabulous; the skirt itself was light and fluffy-fun to run in, but the base layer of short yoga tights were not ideal as they did not stay put but kind of creeped up my leg. Creepy.
I practiced eating-while-running with much success–a Trader Joe’s organic sucker on the long Coachwhip Trail uphill, and a handful/packet of Trader Joe’s Omega Trail mix (nuts, seeds, dried cranberries) while toodling along the Deer Trail.
I had not been on the Deer Trail for a while; it’s still a peaceful place with lots of deer tracks along the way.