There was a familiar saying in my house when I was a child. We were a house of sayings. I’m talking about the saying that goes, “Get back up on the horse,” meaning if you fall off a horse, get back on quickly or else you may never get back on it. We also said, “Get back on the bike,” meaning the same thing, or “Walk it off, and get back into the game.” We were all about never quitting and trying harder. (No wonder I always fell short). But I am adult now (many, many years) and know that these sayings were meant to be helpful and inspire. And indeed they have done that.
After about five minutes of the total pits, then running 7.5 miles down the mountain back to my truck yesterday, and returning home to tell my husband that I thought I might not run anymore, and hearing him burst out laughing, then having a good night’s sleep, and then running about thirteen miles this morning . . . I AM AGAIN A TRAIL RUNNER. (Yay!)
Today, I got back on the horse. I took yesterday’s run hard at the time. I doubted all the hours and effort I put into trail running and thought, maybe I should chuck it. But then, early last night, I thought that I needed to “get back on the horse.” And that is just what I did this morning. I didn’t train. I simply went for a nice relaxing trail run, the “Big Loop” at Aliso/Wood Canyons. And it was delightful. And it was fun. And my pack didn’t weigh me down. And I never tired. And I enjoyed the steepest climbs, the mountain views, nodding to all the mountain bikers, and simply just being there.
And here is the beauty to prove it (the scenery that is). My route for the locals who are curious what “The Big Loop” is:
Aliso Creek Trail, Meadows, Mentally Sensitive, Aswut, Top of the World, West Ridge, Cholla, Wood Canyon, Wood Creek, Wood Canyon, Aliso Creek Trail.
Aliso Creek Trail (total miles 1.5). You can run this trail all on asphalt or single-track trail. This morning I ran half of it asphalt, the other half on this:
After a short stint on Wood Canyon, I came to Meadows and shot my usual pose. Meadows is about 1.5 miles, of which I ran about 1/2 mile of before turning off (I think I look a lot like my sister here, though she looks a lot younger, I think because she takes much more care of herself – I didn’t even apply sunscreen this morning!!!):