It was just supposed to be a recovery run.
After Sunday’s grueling Condura marathon, there’s not much i wanted to do but to take things easy in the days that followed: jog for a few minutes a day, walk and jog some more to loosen up those tight muscles and regain some mobility and flexibility.
I dread the days following a marathon as much as the race itself, as the effort to recover leaves me physically and mentally flat the weeks after. While a complete rest will never be an option, i have nevertheless continued to cross-train by attending Taebo classes after completing my 30 minutes of easy running.
When running pal, June Santiago proposed that we do an easy trail run inside Ciudad Real in San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan for an easy run, i immediately accepted and took this as an opportunity to regenerate the muscles by concentrating more on the “pleasurable” act of running.
However, little did we know that the route to Licao-Licao was going to be a very long stretch of endless trails that runs for about 10kms one way that ends at the Veterans memorial in Brgy. San Isidro. We ran and walked and it took us a total of 4 hours covering about 21kms to traverse the whole route.
It was great to recharge the batteries by running in scenic settings bounded by trees, mountains, fauna, animals and all that nature presented. Moreover, it was nice to finally break-in the New Balance 609 Trail Shoe i bought recently (on sale) at the Sports Warehouse.
Although my legs felt the burn more that it loosened on what was supposed to be a relaxing run, i can honestly say, “we’ll be back again in a couple of weeks!”
Here’s our trail run, in pictures: