Part 2 in the development of my soon to be famous Poser Principle and the story of how I might actually become a real trail runner.
Development Milestone 5: Nov 3, 2012 After some research I find a park not too far from my house with trail running routes. When I finish my Saturday morning chores, off to Arbor Hills I go for my first official trail run. The parking lot is crowded, this is a good sign. I’m excited! I start out on a concrete path but soon find signs for smaller dirt paths around the park. I don’t have a clue where I’m going. The paths are made up of a network of different small trails that seem more like a maze. But I don’t care. It’s exciting not knowing where I’m going or what is around the corner. I feel like Phoebe in Friends running through Central Park. (watch) Not only are the new routes fun but the scenery is great. I’m surrounded by leaves turning colors, hills to climb and tree roots to dodge. Deep down I know I’m in the middle of the city but this beats my normal sidewalk neighborhood route any day! I am hooked but my feet aren’t. No doubt, this time I have a blister.
Development Milestone 6: Nov 3, 2012 Not only do I have a blister on my right foot but my feet are sore. There now is a need vs. want for trail running shoes. I go to REI and I take one look at the selection in the women’s area, they average $110! Ouch – I have tuition and the bills are coming in from my recent retail-therapy binge. Big sigh – I really shouldn’t spend $110. I then glance over at the kids section and see some pretty sweet looking North Faces, just as a saleslady asks me if I need any help. I tell her I think I need some trail shoes. And quickly follow with – I have a small foot and I’m not too proud to wear kid’s shoes. She measures me and cha ching! I walk out of there sporting my new North Faces for only $55! AND I’m on my way to looking like the Athleta models!!! STAGE FOUR: PURCHASE
Development Milestone 7: Nov 10, 2012 Three weeks until the race, I need to make sure I break in the new shoes. I head out to Arbor Hills, this time with my friend Diane. She’s a walker so we take different routes. Again – I love the freedom of the trails and now know to stay on the outer loop to avoid the network of mazes. The weather was perfect and the shoes felt great!!! See Exhibit 2 below. STAGE FIVE: CONSUMPTION
In comparison to my normal running shoes, I can tell I have more support and no blisters. Plus I just look cool…or at least I think I do. STAGE SIX: POST CONNSUMPTION EVALUATION
Development Milestone 8: Nov 17/18, 2012 Two weeks until the race. I have different things planned off and on throughout the weekend so I don’t head out to Arbor Hills. Instead I run my normal routes in the neighborhood ending with faster times. This cross training might be working!
Development Milestone 9: Nov 24, 2012 One week away from the race. This weekend I head out to Grapevine to my sister Dana’s to run the trails near her house. Again, love the change in scenery and this time I have a lake to look at. On my way home I stop to run a few errands. I have to say I just felt cool walking around in my running clothes and North Face shoes. I’m sure Athleta is tracking down me down now and I’ll be asked to be in next year’s catalog.
Development Milestone 10: Nov 24, 2012 Later that day I get a text… SANDY CAN’T RUN THE RACE! We have been texting back and forth about the run over the past 2 days. We planned to register today but she just realized she will be out of town next weekend. Ahhhhh!!! The stakes have been raised and the pressure is on! If I don’t run the race I’ll remain a poser. Do I really have it in me to go run this thing alone???
Development Milestone 11: Nov 28, 2012 I have registered for the race!