MarTrain Day 11: when you hear a noise in the woods, you do not hang around to find out what it is

I am in competition with no one. I run my own race. I have no desire to play the game of being better than anyone. I just aim to improve, to be better than I was before. That’s me and I’m free.

Photo Credit: Kristi (I forgot my phone)

Photo Credit: Kristi (I forgot my phone)

Today our 3 mile run at the reservoir was much warmer than it has been the last few weeks we’ve been out. You will not believe this, but I actually got a pair of spikes for my sneakers! Yes! I really did. Actually, my husband picked them up for me – but still! And they’re great. The only thing I find irritating is when you get to a dry patch of pavement and you can feel bumps in your sneaks from where the spikes are.

We reversed the trail on the reservoir and went through the woods – it’s usually pretty peaceful through there this time of year (they don’t really clear the path often; it’s usually snow covered and slippery.) We met a few walkers and joggers, but once we got deeper into the woods it was just the two of us. Kristi had legit just asked when I wanted to turnaround when we heard a noise (definitely animal) so she said, “Did you hear that?” And I had already pretty much changed course (in my head I was like: “feck this. I am out.”) But out loud I said, “Yep! Let’s turnaround now!” Have no idea what it was, but knowing my luck it was like a cougar or something. The inclines were pretty good and we had a bitch of a hill to run, I had to walk part of it but I know that in time I will be running it no sweat. My left knee is still a touch swollen but I started doing some major hip stretches and that is definitely helping. I look forward to running again on bare pavement.

That’s it for today. Thanks for the great run Kristi!


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