Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Autumn at the "Murph" - An Appreciation for Running

Ah, there's nothing like trail running in the autumn!! I've been doing my running the past couple of weeks at Murphy-Hannerahan park and really have enjoyed the surprisingly hilly trails. Now that the ultra season is over for me, it's time to start thinking ahead to next year about what runs I'll be doing. My primary goal will be completing my first 100-miler, which I expect will be at the Kettle 100 next June. To get there, I'll need to spend some time the next few weeks coming up with a solid training plan for the winter.

As of now, I've only been getting out once or twice a week, and primarily longer runs. When out on the trails, I have taken the time to stop once in a while and appreciate the fall colors and take some pics. Too often we forget to really enjoy the scenery and realize how fortunate we are to be able to get outdoors and run. There are folks out there, like my father, who can't run anymore due to health problems or injuries. In his case, he tore ligaments in his knee about 30 years ago and was fortunate enough to be able to run a few marathons. However, his knee degenerated before long and he hasn't been able to run for years, which I know he misses. So, readers, enjoy your health while you have it. You never know when life while throw you a curve ball and your running days are over.

5 comments:

keith said...

It's fortunate you can run for those who cannot. Great job on your training! Good luck preparing for your 100!

RunWesty said...

Just made a similar post on my blog, must be something about Murph that helps bring about perspective. Good luck with your 100 training.

SteveQ said...

Love the new header on the blog!

Andrew said...

Well said

Phil Robertson said...

I guess the Autumn colours are fading as Winter fast approaches. How's the training plan for the first 100 going? Would love to hear about it!


Nice post Steve!