Trail angst

I’m feeling a little off this morning; got a sore throat and crampy and sore and kind of run-down so I’m probably fighting off a bug. Nevertheless, I still hit the gym and did 40 minutes on the elliptical. It was boring as usual but it should work the fidgets out.

It’s starting to get really nice outside. I can’t help thinking that it would be good to get back to running on the trail, but I’m resisting for a few reasons. First of all, I’m still self-conscious. I mean, the gym is all full of hard bodies but everyone knows they’re there for the same thing, while on the trail I run into all kinds of people. I’m not looking forward to being harassed either (running in the morning does help with that). Second, the trail that’s close is a short trail; it’s less than a mile from end to end so I would run to one end, turn around and go back to the other end, and then come back to the middle; I don’t feel like doing that multiple times. There is another, longer trail a few blocks away but it’s at the bottom of a river valley– great on the way there, down the big hill, but dragging myself up 4 blocks of very steep grade after a run is, well, less than ideal. Third, I feel like it would be harder to motivate myself on the trail? It’s kind of become familiar to push myself by the clock or by distance now, and trail running is more open-ended. I’ll have to just give it a try some nice morning and see how it works.

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