While a ton of our friends and family are hunkering down on the East Coast, we here in Michigan are getting annoyed with the windy conditions. It is ruining my new 'do and my new favorite hobby: trail running! (just teasing, I've been praying all day for ya'll! stay safe!!!)
I noticed a few months ago that I was becoming a bit bored with running. It started to become more of a chore than an enjoyable exercise. My knees were starting to feel it too, as running solely on the pavement can really take a toll on your joints and muscles. In order to combat my boredom and save my body, I started to explore some of the trails around Ann Arbor.
Now, I can't get enough! The gorgeous fall colors lured me in, but now I'm here to stay. There is something about the peacefulness that comes from running through open fields, along the river, and through the trees ("to grandmother's house we go...") The air feels fresh and clean, and there is such a sense of adventure in jumping over fallen trees or seeing the deer in the distance. Running has always been a great escape, but running in the wilderness brings a whole new meaning to stress-free.
Well, mostly stress-free. I will admit that it has been a bit challenging. The marks on the palms and large goose egg on my knee attest to the fact that it can be a bit more dangerous than your average run-of-the-mill jog. Yesterday I bit it three times..face first. The leaves cover up those lousy stumps that your foot will catch if you don't pick up your feet just enough. Obviously this becomes a bit more of an issue when your tired. I came out of the trail covered in dirt, some mud and probably some rabbit poo (considering Maizy couldn't stop licking me when I walked in the door).
I, not-so-secretly, felt totally legit.
Here are some of the places I've been getting lost lately (they all connect so it's a whole new adventure to try to find that one little bridge that will take you onto an entire new park):
Maybe one day I'll master the trails in and around A2, but until then, I'll be enjoying the exploration.