|Ship Harbor Nature Trail, Acadia National Park|
"Try not to fight the trail. Instead, try to feel the natural rhythm, the flow... and rather than attempting to conquer it, practice becoming one with it." ~ Zen Running
|How I feel on the trail|
I'm also at the point in my running where a 10K is fine, but any distance longer than 6 miles seems impossible. Daunting. Insane. Which really, is silly, as six months ago I couldn't run a single mile, and three months ago 3 miles was a stretch. So how do I get over this hump? As we all know, a good portion of training is mental - not physical. Once this pesky PF calms down, I'll be good to go again.
I'm remembering how trail running got me past my last mental hurdle - 3 miles. We were on vacation in Acadia National Park earlier this summer. We go there as often as we can - the hiking, biking the carriage roads, kayaking - it's just about paradise for the outdoor fan. My first time was when I was a graduate student in my first Master's - a degree in Wildlife Biology that I got for the sole purpose of spending an additional 4+ years playing outside until I had to get a real job. I've made it back nearly every year since.
|In grad school - I like to get muddy|
Later in the same trip I'd run another 4 miler along Ocean Path - a walking/hiking trail that follows the sea cliffs from Sand Beach to Otter point. I remember stopping to take a photo of how far (because 1.5 miles was far then) I'd run:
|From the beach to here and back|
I began to think I might like this running thing after all some day. Of course the gorgeous venue was a big factor. After all - how many inspirational quotes do you see on Pinterest that aren't in some beautiful remote trail in Nepal or the Canadian Rockies? There's a reason, folks. Being out in nature is one of the most therapeutic and meaningful pursuits a human being can do.
|This quote wouldn't hit |
you so hard if he were
running down Main St.
|This one WOULD make more sense on Main St. though....|