Yes, I took some time off running and blogging after the Comrades because let’s face it, we all know what it’s like when you are working towards something and it ends up taking over all your headspace – you end up needing some time off from what you were working on and just taking a breather – which is what I’ve been doing. No running and no writing about running, it’s been marvelous!!
Anyway I’m now back on the wagon because you do reach a stage where you miss whatever you were working on and want go back to it – or a variation thereof. Since seconding my mom at the African X, I have been seriously reconsidering the world of trail running. You might remember my first attempts at trail running which ended in me vowing never again to set foot on an un-paved path – but it just looks like so much fun so I decided to give it another shot…
To ease me back into it I signed up for the Montrail/Cape Storm trail running series again – the first of which was yesterday. I managed to provoke, encourage and threaten a couple of my friends to do it too so my experience of the race was totally different to last year because I actually had people to run the whole way with. I also put no pressure on myself to do the 10km route in an hour, like I’m used to on the road, which meant that we could walk the difficult bits and totally eliminated the stress.
I’m not going to trade my running shoes in just yet for trail shoes, but I’m pretty enthusiastic about my future in trail running – and it doesn’t even have anything to do with the fact that the average age of the trail running fraternity is roughly half that of road runners 🙂