You know those days when you start a run, move five feet, and say to yourself, “Oh boy. This is gonna suck today”...? Well, maybe you don’t have those days, but I certainly do every now and again-and today was one of them! Nothing was going right-I showed up at the trailhead and got SUPER hungry, didn’t have the right snacks, wore clothes that were just wrong for the conditions and weren’t cooperating, brought the wrong water bottle, forgot to take my preworkout...etc. Then when I got on the trails they weren’t just muddy-they were TRAIL SOUP! Luckily today was supposed to be a short and easy run. But I was wondering whether I was even gonna make it through THAT.
At first I tried to avoid the mud. I went at a snail’s pace trying to pick my way around it. Then I just stumbled into it and went sliding. And...I laughed. In spite of myself. And then I started to jump in the mud intentionally. And then I started to see how muddy I could get my legs and pants. And I was still moving at a snail’s pace, but I was still moving-I didn’t throw in the towel on the run. I wasn’t concerned about pace or time or how my body felt-I was too occupied with getting messy!
As we approach the start of the OCR season for a lot of folks, remember that, above all else, this is supposed to be FUN! I know a lot of us take our training seriously, but don’t forget to lighten up the mood a bit. It’s ok to not kill yourself over every workout, to take time to rest and recover, and yes-to even use a run to enjoy slip-sliding on messy trails.
Onward-even through the mud ❤️
The age old question, do I continue to try to put on size or clean up the diet and get back shredded. With the ultramarathon looming just 8 months away, I know I need to lean down at some point, but I’m constantly torn on whether I want to start now or keep trying to add muscle???
I’ve put in a lot of work these past couple weeks—in some ways I feel like I’ve been hiking up a long, steep trail to get where I want to be. But today is Friday (!!) which means I’m going to celebrate how far I’ve come and enjoy this little vista before I keep climbing. Happy weekend, friends! ✨ #PhDistance
Zion has some heart-stopping hikes and trail runs, including Angel’s Landing (but DON’T try to run the last part!) and the Narrows, but this trip we just might have discovered our favorite trail of all: Canyon Overlook Trail.📍Zion National Park, Utah 🌎 #RunningTerritory (📷: @livehardxlovehard) Follow @RunningTerritory for more.