The rain was heavy yesterday, and the trail was showing it. It was still a little misty when I set out this morning. I knew it was going to be a dirty run the first time my Vibrams disappeared into ankle deep mud. It was awesome!
I ran across my reptilian friend above in mile three, at the bottom of a steep hill. He was slowly making his way across the trail when I surprised him. As I bent down to get the photo, he retracted his limbs and head into a beautifully painted shell. A friend’s daughter asked if, “I kept him.” I said, “No, that would be trutlenapping.”
I did a total of four miles today on the trails of IC King Park. It is the most I have ever run in my life… until next week. I plan on adding a mile a week. Next Saturday I am going to attempt a run to Abram’s Falls, in the Great Smokey Mountains National Park. The round trip will be almost exactly five miles. The hills are much steeper and longer though. It will be a challenge.
I feel pretty good. My feet are sore, but not as sore as they were last week. My recovery time is getting a little shorter after each run. The runs are getting easier, and more natural too. I feel like I’m discovering a hidden power, that has been lying dormant inside me my entire life.
I don’t know where all this is going to lead me. All I know is that it feels right. It feels good to run.