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Trail Runner Photo Contest

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Springtime

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You can always tell it is Springtime in Forest Park because the Trilliums start blooming. And this weekend on my solo run I spotted quite a few fully bloomed Trilliums. I am so ready for Spring, I normally spend my winters snowboarding (and running), but with my wrist injury I have been very limited on my activities. Just as my wrist started to get better and I am almost graduated from physical therapy, my back starts having issues. I am not quite sure what caused it, but I kept running and not listening to my body, which made it worse. I woke up one morning barely able to stand straight and having major back spasms. 6 days, no running, 3 massage and 2 chiropractic appointments later , my back started to straighten out enough where I thought I was ready for a run. Somehow I was able to hobble through 12 very slow and grueling miles.  Not the smartest idea.

To help make this an injury free Spring: I am going to start going back to yoga, buy new running shoes more frequently, listen to…

Outs & backs

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We had big plans this week to go for a short run on Saturday, then take Monday off work for our longest training run: a plain old 26 miler in Forest Park.

Then Ann's back started to hurt. Then it got worse and she could barely walk.

She tried all sorts of treatments, which are slowly helping, but we rescheduled our big run a couple weeks out. Instead we went for one shorter run on Sunday.

I was determined to stay on the flats, so we drove to the Wildwood trailhead right on NW 53rd. We headed north, and I could tell that Ann was in pain-- she still can't even stand up straight! It wasn't very far in that we walked for a bit, discussing what to do.

We turned around and headed back to see if the direction of the trail (since it tilts a bit downhill) would change things up. It helped a bit, so we ran a few miles out past our start, then back; and past the start again, then back. In total, with three out-and-backs, we ran about 12 miles.

 I'm certain that Ann was the only b…

You are here... but I'm not

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Susan was in Hawaii this weekend, which I was reminded of every time I looked at the Find Friends app on my Iphone. I find it harder to get myself out the door when I know I don't have anyone waiting on me. I really didn't plan a route but knew I was going to run at least 10 miles. The first hour of my run felt awful and all I could do was think about how much I wanted it to be over with. I don't know what changed after an hour, but the "runner's high" kicked in and I started enjoying being out on the trail.

Since I was running alone I used the time to catch-up on Trail Runner Nation and Ultra Runner podcasts. I was so into the podcast I was listening to and enjoying the run, that when I got to my last turn off I decided to keep running, adding an extra 3 miles onto the run.

I am looking forward to running with Susan next week, but I know to queue up the podcast for the next time she is out of town.