I’ve heard that when you are running downhill you shouldn’t use your legs as brakes. This was running through my mind as I ran down a pretty steep rocky hill. What I thought in response to that was, it seems the alternative to using my legs as brakes was using my face. That didn’t sound entirely pleasant. I also thought I should pack more than just a bandaid in my pack. Pretty sure that isn’t going to stop all the blood that will happen if I fell on the trail.
The Gateway Trail loop is a short 4.5 mile run (Let’s be honest here, I walked most of it) with only 650 feet elevation, but you wouldn’t guess that was all the elevation while running straight up, over the saddle, and then straight down. I am beginning to think I’m crazy for wanting to sign up for the Imogene Pass Run this year. Maybe the goal is a little too lofty for this 43 year old, 40 pounds overweight, more than slightly out of shape mom. What am I thinking?
Well, what I’m thinking is that it’s all about baby steps. I didn’t get out of shape overnight, and I won’t get back into shape overnight. I’m running, doing yoga, and hiking. I’ll slowly increase mileage on my runs, get back to a regular yoga practice, and hike just to enjoy hiking. Oh, and that pesky food stuffs. I’ll be eating all kinds of healthy shit. You just watch. It’s all kale and tofu for me!
Any advice for running in the mountains? Anyone tried this race? Would love to hear any words of wisdom on getting back into shape as well. Wish me luck!