It's been two months since I ran on the Canal Loop singletrack and I've missed it so much! The Central Hardwoods Trail has been smooth and bug free, but just doesn't give me the same mental and physical workout that the Canal Loop does.
I purchased some high percentage DEET bugspray and hit the trailhead Saturday with high hopes that the storms would hold off. The storms held off and the sun peaked through several times as I traversed the east side of the Canal Loop Trail.
I posted this pic on Instagram and shared a little info about having a favorite poster (when i was 12), that I would have loved to "be in", especially the summer I had my lawn mower accident. The poster was this lush green trail with a deer on the trail. Saturday's trailrun reminded me of that poster and I just felt blessed, like my dream came true!!
For lack of a better word, I would also describe Saturday as "whimsical". There were the usual number bikers on the trail, but I also saw a gentleman out training his treeing cur pups, GPS collars included! Not your average trail user, lol, but a welcome change from the usual hikers and bikers.
The sun peaked in and out and birds were everywhere, but I hope the next picture shares the "whimsy" I felt while on the trail...
The little fella in the foreground is an ornate box turtle according to my knowledgable nephew, Blake, and trust me, he knows his turtles!
I had plans on doing the entire loop to prepare for the Moccasin Gap 10 miler coming up, but decided at the halfway point to do some crosstraining/biking instead. I don't want to share the details, but my bike is now being worked on at Dicks Sporting Goods, and I may invest in some elbow and knee pads!
Here is the map/recap of my trail run.
I'm also registered for a virtual 10k later this month, the Jostrunning Oktoberfest! Virtual racing is a different kind of fun, with the freedom to walk/run on your own day. Most virtual races are connected to a charity. The ones I have done so far were for Shriners, Celiac disease, and the upcoming virtual race will be for a food bank. Here is my race bib for the Oktoberfest...
And here is the medal, which I will receive in the mail, after I run my 10k and turn in my time and a picture with my bib # to the Jostrunning website.