My husband has been out of town, and I have been stuck on the dreadmill... mile after mile. It has really been wearing on my motivation. Fortunately or unfortunately (depending on your point-of-view), my husband got sick yesterday which meant for once it was ok to put the kids down for a nap and go get some fresh air. It is the first I had really ran since I had been sick, and I managed to struggle through 3 miles. Yes, just 3, and they were painful. My lungs weren't ready, my stomach wasn't ready, but it still felt amazing to run outside again... to actually travel from point A to point B.
This morning, I once again took advantage of my husband being home to go check out the Greenbelt Trail on Duck Creek in Garland. I have heard about it for quite some time, but I guess I was ignorant to how close it was and how fantastic it is for runners.
Yeah, well, it didn't look like that picture after the harsh snow of last week... just imagine everything in that picture as a lovely yellow-ish brown... but you get the idea. It was still a wonderful trail that wound along Duck Creek. It conveniently went under bridges so there was no stopping to cross at intersections. There were a couple of small muddy areas that caused me to slow down and tiptoe through them, but other than that, it was quite nice to be in a new environment and once again running outside.
I also tried GU today for the first time... I'm going to withhold my opinions until after a few more trials, but I wasn't really feeling what the difference was. We'll see if I can be convinced. (I used the Vanilla Bean flavor, and despite many reviews, it was actually quite easy to digest.)