Yesterday was such a miserable and rainy day – but it was perfect for my first trail run of the season. We like to run in the West Oak Trail that is here in Oakville. It is a mix of single track, sand stone and road, with some major hill action. A little smaller than Valley Inn Road but not much smaller. Our 6km route yesterday took us through two hills, which I have been struggling through coming back from my knee injuries. I was so happy to run the whole length of the Dundas St. hill – it is the largest and a killer! We were 5km in when we hit the second hill and lately, that’s about when my knee flares up, so I only got half way up. Disappointing but I’m not complaining.
Running in the rain is one of those things that I don’t realize how much I love it until I am doing it. Usually I dread anything that makes me cold due to suffering from Raynaud’s Disease. Yesterday’s rain, however, was warm and almost comforting. I was relaxed, felt refreshed when we were done, and despite the pain in my knee, was almost sad that it was over. My runner’s high is always great after any run, but after a run in the rain, word’s cannot describe how amazing I feel. Combined with the smell of spring and the wet earth and trees around me – it is a tremendous feeling.
We had a lot of fun when we were finished with our plank-a-day challenge by using the bleachers at the baseball diamond doing a group plank.
The Foot Tools Plank-a-Day Challenge has been awesome so far! We are one week in and our group is up to almost 60 members!!! I’m extremely excited about the level of participation and the spirit of everyone who are submitting times and photos! We still have over 3 weeks to go – I can’t want to see how creative people get with their planks!