At the beginning of the year, I had signed up for the MEC Northshore series with a couple friends. The series consisted of five trail races throughout the Northshore which was pretty exciting for me because I have never done a trail run before and I don’t get to frequent the Northshore. The idea of running thru some new surroundings certainly peaked my interest!
There were five runs in total, which two of the five I had to opt out of due to my knee however; the runs I did complete were absolutely amazing. Some trails were difficult as I am so used to running flat with the odd hills, but the challenge and experience was totally worth it. Add in a little forest, trees, rushing water and nature, and you have yourself quite the sights and views during your runs.
My last run on Halloween was only 10km. I was actually supposed to do the 16km but with the issues I had been having throughout the year, I had decided to change the distance. Of all the runs I have completed this year, this run for me, was the most difficult run I have ever completed. I have never had the feeling of giving up, having my body feel utterly exhausted and had the mindset of, “please let those cow bells ringing be the end”. I am not sure if it was just the frustration of getting turned around twice on the route or running an extra 2km at the end because I stupidly missed the turn to head to the finish line but I just was miserable. There were points where I even felt so defeated because I swear, I must’ve been the last person in the 10km group to finish. ( -_- );;;
Despite all of the frustration, in hindsight thinking about it, it was still an experience none the less and at the end of the day, I didn’t give up. I couldn’t really, I had already gone so far that I could really only move forward. To give up would have been more disappointing and I know that I would’ve regretted it that I didn’t push my self to finish. Even if that meant walking, which I did (damn hills) or crawling (which I didn’t ^_^), I needed to get to that finish. Let me tell you though, when I saw that finish line… Crossing it was so satisfying because I know how damn hard it was to get there. As miserable as I felt during the run, sometimes it’s runs like this that remind you that “hell yes, you can do it!”
North Shore Hiking Trails