Monday, October 30, 2006
On Saturday morning, Sharon and I headed over to Tyron Creek State Park to try out the trails there. I've been to Tyron Creek just once before, many years ago, for a hike. I really don't know why I haven't thought to run there before now. It's as close, if not closer to my house than Forest Park. And while Tyron Creek doesn't have one long trail, like Wildwood, there are enough looping trails that you could spend many happy trail running hours there.
We didn't really know where we were going, so just grabbed a park brochure map and headed out. Its a good thing we had the map and that there are many good signs, because before long we were totally turned around. We ended up doing two somewhat similar loops. We stopped a lot to find our bearings, which accounted for our slow 16 minute pace over about 4.5 miles. But that's okay. We had a ton of fun and I'm still trying to take it easy. My ITB (or whatever it is) is still not healed. My regular appointment for a massage and an adjustment is next week, but I'm going to see if I can get in this week instead.
On Sunday, we drove down to Corvallis, so that Marc could run in the McDonald Forest 15k. I had considered running this one, but when it was clear I wasn't ready for another race, Marc signed up instead. I'm glad it was him instead of me! Its a killer course with a lot of uphill. I'm so proud of Marc. He finished in 1:15:07, which was good for 3rd place in his age group. He keeps insisting he's not a runner. I'm not so sure...