Into the woods

Every run last week was battling heavy, tired legs. Nothing felt easy. Nothing clicked. I had all but cancelled Sunday’s long run when someone posted in the Ann Arbor Runners Facebook group that they were organizing a trail run on Sunday. A change of scenery sounded like a good idea so Sunday morning found me heading out of town and into the woods.

Best idea I’ve had in weeks. While I still had some heaviness in my legs, the slower pace necessitated by the terrain and the conversation kept the run from feeling like work.

trail map

As you can see in the Garmin screenshot, at just shy of 8 miles it wasn’t a particularly long run and at 11:32 pace, it wasn’t a particularly fast run. But there were plenty of small hills to keep things interesting and the trail wound around lakes, through the trees, and over some waterways. Definitely enough scenery to take my mind off of my legs. Next time I’ll take a camera so I can share something more exciting than a Garmin map.

We ran just a small portion of the trails available. The guys I ran with pointed out options for running anywhere between 5 and 17 mile loops. Or if I don’t mind doing an out-and-back trail, there is a 36 mile long point-to-point trail. So many options.

My new goal for the summer is to run here once a week (seems like a good idea since I am considering a trail race in August). I’ve already printed a map so I hopefully won’t get lost.