The Great Seal State Park is about 1.5 hours drive from my house. As has been my tradition since my long hike with Richard, I stopped at Tim Horton's for my pre-hike bagel, coffee and donut. (A drive is always better with sugar and caffeine, right?)
|But Mommy, how can I blow on your coffee if you don't drink it at home?|
|Let's do this!|
|Pictures never do hills justice, especially when the rain makes them blurry.|
The black things on the right edge are my trekking poles, I actually brought them this time.
|One of the wider sections of trail - maybe not so bad for running. Lots of horse tracks too.|
It's actually the start of a long hill, but it doesn't look that one in the photo.
|I could come up with some great ghost stories to go with these...|
|As an example of both...|
|An example of one of the lettered posts and a trail sign tacked to a tree.|
|One of the clearer trails|
So, it finally happened. The next letter was not the letter I was expecting to see. Out came the map again. That's right, I'd traveled the exact OPPOSITE direction of the direction back to my car. I'd climbed an unnecessary hill, AND I was now at 5 hours hiking and probably still 20 minutes from my car. My mental state deteriorated quickly. I texted my husband what had happened and triple checked my direction of travel on my compass before returning back the way I'd come. I winced a little with each step because the bottoms of my feet were now rather sore too. Amazing how different things can be from one second to the next when you through yourself a workout curve ball.
|Ok. Back on track. Right?|
|My boots weren't necessarily all smiles...|
|One of the few open views along the way - that is NOT the trail behind me.|
Do you ever throw yourself unexpected curveballs while training? Have you ever experienced that sudden "everything sucks" mindset when it happens?
Do you have any pre-long workout routines?
Would you have gotten back in the car to drive another 10 miles to go the port-a-potties and driven the 10 miles back to the trailhead, or just made your own like I did?