I was looking to do my first strength run today so I headed of-road for a short trail run in order to find a more hilly route to work my legs a little bit harder (distance/time weren't important today).
The local route I choose wasn't as hilly as I was hoping for but I noted a couple of fairly steep sections just off the main track that I'm hoping to utilise on my next strength run. They can easily be incorporated into a circular addition to the main run going up and down the steep bits a few times to work the legs/lungs etc.
I think I'm falling in love with trail/off-road running. It was pouring down with rain (as you can see from the photo above), the track was up and down, winding, twisting single-track, it was that narrow in places I couldn't put one foot next to the other. There was mud and puddles everywhere, the track meandered in and out of tree cover following a local stream in places, tree roots, boulders, overgrown sections where I couldn't see the track beneath my feet, it was fantastic and I loved every minute of it
There was no chance of getting bored on this run as I needed to be switched on all the time. I had to constantly watch where I was putting my feet, fighting against the slippery mud in order to keep my balance. It's as if it wasn't just my body that got a good workout but my mind too. I felt exhilarated, challenged, alive and I'm still on a high now writing this Distance and speed didn't even enter my mind, it was purely fun and enjoyable and I loved it.
Can you tell I enjoyed this run