I got there, and had no real plan, which turned out to be a shame because I could have made a full loop of the park. You'll see in the map above that I missed a lot of the West side. I got turned around and ended up coming back the same way I went up (not on purpose). It took a while to figure out what the markers meant and most of the time I had absolutely no clue where I was. What? I don't see a problem with that...
And before I knew it, I had ran 10 miles!
Okay not really before I knew it. At around 7 miles I was suddenly EXHAUSTED and realized that I was at about the furthest point I could be from my car. But by then I had FINALLY figured out the map / marker system (I'm not such a smart one - don't ever put me in charge of navigation) and it turned out it was really only about 2 miles away if you took the direct trail. And it was mostly downhill on the way back. So I booked it.
And I finished! 10 miles in 1:39:15 (Average Pace: 9:55). And I was TIRED. My legs were beat.
And running mojo officially back. Let's just hope all that trail running coming out of nowhere doesn't mess up my legs! I LOVE trail running. Why don't I run here all the time? It really wasn't that far from work (though there aren't many days I can run near work, but after Girls On the Run is over next week I'll have more opportunities), it was LOVELY, and it felt way safer than I feared. I'll be back, trails.
Some smart people say I need trail running shoes. What do you think? I wear Saucony Mirages now - use that information to recommend a trail running shoe! GO! :-) And also tell me everything I need to know about running trails. Please!