Here’s where the rubber really hits the road…or should I say, dirt.
Over 2012 and into mid-2013 I had begun to run on occasion. I enjoyed the feeling of satisfaction, and general pleasure in attempting to be healthy, etc…
But I did not enjoy running. I almost started to enjoy it in October 2012, but the IT band pain quickly put a stop to my enthusiasm.
Then my family and I moved to Utah. Our next door neighbor just happened to be from my hometown of Bellingham, WA and we bonded over that and music and other stuff. Then, I found out that he runs ultra marathons. Big 100 milers up in the mountains. And he’s good. Talking with him was a revelation. What?! I can run…on trails?!?!
Growing up I did a lot of hiking and mountain biking in NW Washington. I love trails. I don’t know why I never thought of it before – running on trails. I immediately sensed that this might be a “type” of running that I could really fall in love with. Boy, was I right.