monday, tuesday, and wednesday of this and last week i ran trails instead of road. i did this because by the time i get off work i only have so much daylight left and i really just didn't want to have to plan out a route to get my mileage in. when i do trail runs there are only so many routes to take and my mileage is figured for me so i don't have any planning to do. besides all that i have learned to LOVE trail running! i can't believe that i ever hated it. i think i hated it because it was so challenging... but if you know me you know that i LOVE a good physical challenge.
so trails it is! on tuesday i was running a route i really enjoy... trees swaying, birds chirping, mosquitoes buzzing, and 70% humidity so sweat POURING! i was probably 4 or 5 miles into the 6.5mi route and i stumbled. i say "stumbled" instead of "tripped" because i didn't actually fall down. i STUMBLED over a pretty large boulder (read 1/2 buried rock) with my left toes and caught myself with my right foot ALL WHILE RUNNING DOWNHILL VERY FAST! as soon as it happened there was a searing and shooting pain running through my right butt cheek (otherwise known as a gluteus maximus) and part of my hip. what the hell?!?
so i stopped and yelled "OUCH!" really loudly into the woods so everything would know i was injured. then i kept running. my butt hurt pretty badly for the last few miles and i was really glad that i was done.
yesterday i ran that same route again with my friend megan. she runs trails slower than i do so it was really good for my body to do that route slower. i was still in pain and i'm thinking i pulled a muscle when my body heroically burst into action to save me from the imminent threat of falling flat on my face on a downhill... yay body!
today i'm still sore. thank goodness it's my rest day! friday & saturday i'm running on the road for sure.