I love the roads. . . .pounding the pavement. . . .running along on even surfaces. . . . .it never gets old for me.
I’ve been running on pavement since I was 10 years old. I started out running on the country roads surrounding the farm I grew up on. They were convenient and flat with little traffic, and I could go for miles. Sure it was hard to find shade in the summer and the winds blew across the prairies in the winter, but I still loved every minute. These days I run through neighborhoods and on paved trails. The scenery is different but the allure is still the same.
Prior to moving to Alaska I didn’t know a thing about trail running and am pretty sure I didn’t know anyone who was a trail runner. Not too surprising that Minnesota does lack mountains.
But now that I live in Alaska, I often feel like I am not classified as a “real” runner and don’t receive the accolades one does who has completed Crow Creek Pass, Bird Ridge, and definitely Mt. Marathon. People ask if I’ve done any of these races or when I plan to run them, but honestly I have no desire to.
I have done some running on the trails around Anchorage, but nothing pulls me back like the roads do. I love being able to leave for a run from my house rather than spending a half an hour driving to and from a trailhead. I love being able to zone out on the roads and not worry about tripping over a root or rock. And I also like not having to worry about being mulled by a bear. Actually, this can be avoided if you run with others—which you should do when running on the trails around here, but that means I have to recruit someone to go running with me every time I wanted to hit the trails. I find it much more convenient to go when my schedule allows.
Maybe it is because I feel in love with running while running on the roads—as it often seems one enjoys running in the manner in which they fell in love with it. (For instance, my friend loves listening to music and running on her treadmill, which is exactly how she started running: running on the treadmill at her college and listening to music.) Or maybe I just don’t know any difference.
Anyway, I know the trails provide a wonderful experience for many people, and I am glad they are out there running. I just wish I wouldn’t have to justify my rational for being a road runner and really having little desire to run on trails.
Today’s workout was done on the roads and the local track.
I completed a 2 mile warm and then this ladder workout on the track:
400 meters (1:39)
800 meters (3:27)
1200 meters (5:17)
1600 meters (7:07)
1200 meters (5:14)
800 meters (3:26)
400 meters (1:37)
I ran back home for a total of 8 miles for the morning.
I really like this workout because the distance is always changing and once you complete the 1600 meter distance, everything is downhill from there. I felt good throughout the workout and hope it was a good tune-up for my 6K race Friday evening.