Yesterday morning, at 4:30 a.m., I was not a happy individual. I was dreading the added 45 minutes to drive to Escondido. A trail run? Was I going to like this? Was I going to have to pee in bushes (the answer to that question was a resounding YES)? Blah, blah, blah.
When we arrived (thank you so much for driving Aubrey!) at North County Fair, it was so foggy; we could not even see the mall from the parking lot. It was blistering cold (San Diego standards anyway) and the morning dew was making my hair frizz. I was not sure I was going to like this.
The run started and I was feeling really good and rested. It was difficult initially to see very far in front of your feet, but soon the fog burned off and the trail waited. I found myself starting off a bit fast, but it felt good. I carefully avoided the steaming road apples and was able for a short time to keep up with some of the faster Blind Faith runners. I felt good.
About a mile in, I finally got the IPod to play the right playlist and I began to find my happy place. We wound along the trail, with the buzz of my fellow Blind Faithers chattering away. What a nice day it was turning out to be.
Alas, the 3 mile mark, the water station….was it three miles ALREADY? Were we almost halfway there? I looked down at my GPS and realized that I was cruising at a 9 minute pace. WOW! My muscles are starting to listen to what my brain is telling them.
Down the last mile of the trail and some of the Blind Faith runners were headed back. I high-fived several of them. Everyone was cheering each other on. It was exhilarating. I got up the last hill and realized it was already time to turn around. Part of me was a bit disappointed.
I walked a bit and struck up conversation with another mom with an infant at home. Time was passing so quickly. This run was exceeding my expectations! Look, the water station again!
The last 3 miles went by so quickly. It was a beautiful trail. The weather was perfect. San Diego living (or Escondido, as the case may be) is definitely the way to go. The trail was great. I would even say it was worth the drive and the extra 45 minutes to get up to Escondido.
By the way, by my calculations, I ran 8.40 miles.