What’s better than running in the East Texas woods (sans dogs, of course!)?
Running on Brushy Creek Trail, or as it is properly called, the Williamson County Regional Trail. I ventured out today while Elizabeth was at friend’s house for babysitting swap. I’ve hiked the trail before with the kids and biked it with the kids, but running on it was a new experience. And since I was running and alone, I went beyond where I go with the kids. I am so fortunate to have this awesome trail (almost) in my backyard. Right now, it is a 6.5 mile trail, passing by four different parks and ending at the YMCA. I did not run the whole trail today, nor do I imagine I’ll be running 13 miles soon as I do not see a half-marathon in my future. I might have to bike it, though.
Running in the woods (but not in mud and without having to worry about dogs chasing me) = WIN!
Now, since I am “running” (I put that in quotes because I am S.L.O.W.) now, I have developed a hierarchy of preferences.
Bottom choice, least favorite = running on the treadmill. We have a Y membership, so it is nice to put the girls in the Child Watch while I exercise. I think I’ll use that time for weight lifting (which I have not started yet) or a yoga class or Body Pump class (which I have also never done.)
Top choice = running alone on Brushy Creek Trail. I may have to save that one for the weeks I am “off” for babysitting swap or weekends when John can watch the girls.
Here’s the list, though, ranked favorite to least.
1. Running alone on the trail
2. Running alone in my neighborhood
3. Running with the stroller (I have not ran with the stroller on the trail, only in the neighborhood, so I’ll keep that together)
4. Running on the treadmill
I think the reason I do not like the treadmill is that there are too many distractions — TVs, people, magazines, etc. What I am enjoying most about running is being alone and not thinking about anything (except maybe how far I’ve gone or how much longer I need to run). That’s part of that psychological benefit of exercise, I guess.