As I prepared to jump in the car and make the twenty minute drive to my secret spot I started to worry about what the run would do to my blood sugar. It would not be a normal run but I had eaten lunch thirty minutes earlier and took less insulin to make sure my blood sugar would stay in range while running. I made sure to test before leaving the house, before stretching and before heading out for my run. As always I had my running fanny pack to hold my phone, GU, and the key to my car. With four cars parked at my secret spot I made sure I had my key with, so much for it being a secret spot.
As my run started I got my butt handed to me right away, a very steep hill lined with rock was a very difficult start. My run started with a hike not with a run, as I hit the top of the hill I found myself on a very steep ledge, one bad move and I would fall a hundred feet or so straight down (top left picture) eventually things would calm down and I would get into a very nice rhythm.
While I was running I was having flashbacks, I felt like I was seven running in the woods with my brother, he was probably chasing me with a stick but running on this trail made me feel like a kid again. I was running for forty five minutes before I decided to check my pump to see what time it was. I was in a zone and I was loving every step that I took, I was in the middle of nowhere running for fun and I loved it. No clocks, no cars and no people it was just me and nature and I loved it. I loved that I wasn't running the entire time, sometimes I had to walk because of steep hills and lots of rock. My feet and ankles took a beating as I was having to pivot and dodge trees. It was a new experience but one that I loved.
For the past twenty-four hours all Leanne has heard about is how great my run was and how much fun I had. I have about two months before the snow starts flying and I hope that at least one day a week is spent on the trails. My blood sugar post run was above my set range so I have work to do which is a good thing because I have my sight set on a 50k trail run in April!! The craziness has just begun!!