After a much needed massage and relaxation this morning, Jeff and I spent the afternoon trailrunning. First run was Pinnacle Peak. 3.5 miles, 965 feet of gain. Lots of stairs but mostly buffed out, fun, scenic trails. Downpoured for a couple minutes and then we got a rainbow! I loved this trail!
Our second run this afternoon was one of the most mentally challenging runs I've ever been on, Camelback Mountain (via the Cholla Trail). Strangely enough, I have a huge fear of heights. Skydiving & paragliding I'm totally fine, but running & climbing on extremely technical cliffs paralyzed me. This trail actually brought tears to my eyes, I was that scared and wanted to quit so bad, but somehow I managed to push through to the summit and back down. 4.4 miles and 1,352 feet of gain, some really tough sections. I was so happy to be back on pavement that I ran a 6:45 min/mi pace back to the car!
"I am in competition with no one. I run my own race. I have no desire to play the game of being better than anyone, in anyway, shape or form. I just aim to improve, to be better than I was before. That's me and I am free." -Jenny Perry.
Friends, there's enough 'oh she ran THAT' in this world. Let's celebrate the true meaning of running through encouraging one another.
Find the ones that make you stronger.
Be sensible and genuine in your motivations with fellow runners.
Relentlessly cheer for your fellow sole sisters/friends as they crush their workouts through every fitness level. @leowiferunnermom is that #solesister for me. She's my rationale, my sounding board and one of my very best friends. We have different strengths and different struggles, but through every moment, running or not, we have each other's backs day in and day out.