I had lots of good thoughts about running Jeremy Ranch Road up in Park City this winter. Every time I wanted to attempt it – we got snow. And I knew that it would not be packed enough to run.
I finally had a chance to run it yesterday – gave me some time to think of my daughter on her 24th birthday.
This road is a nice way to get some trail running in without actually being on trails. The road is either hardpacked dirt or gravel. Lots of uphills and downhills to challenge the legs. Lots of nature and not too many cars.
I think I might try to run this every 4 weeks or so during decent weather. I am a little chicken this year after hearing about all the rattlesnakes people are seeing on trails and worry about them because I almost always run alone.
During my run, I remembered (or thought of) the following:
- Nature heals me. I need the mental refreshment it brings.
- Pushing my limits is worth it. I get tired of sitting so much and love the challenge of pushing my muscles and lungs and heart. The aches and pains afterwards (and sometimes during) are so worth the outcome.
- I really need to appreciate more the fact that I can move and run and walk with very little pain. I don’t know where I would be without this physical release – but am really grateful I can experience it first hand.