The only reason I took my phone with me today was to take some photos to share. I didn’t take my GPS watch or wear my heart rate monitor.
Today I wanted to run free of expectations, goals, and self judgement.
I threw in my luna sandals and drove to my usual start point to tackle the steep section first. There’s a few access points but this is the steepest and I like to start with this one. It’s also at one end of the hill so I can go up, along the top, and back down then along the access road to make a loop. I walked up this part and felt great so I didn’t need to pause halfway up for a breather.
The sun was getting pretty low by this point so I was greeted with it the moment I reached the top of this section.
There was a branch over the path. This is pretty common, particularly in summer. Eucalyptus trees are well known for dropping branches when they are short on water or are otherwise stressed – don’t ever put your tent directly under one when camping! It was a pretty simple obstacle to get over though.
I stopped for a photo at an opportune spot, as I wanted to be all arty-farty and get a photo of the view and my shoes.
by the way, that red band on my ankle is my Road ID. I don’t run or cycle or kayak or whatever without it. I’m kind of scared of finding myself a Jane Doe in hospital while Gary frantically searches for me.
Then I found I didn’t want to get up. I wasn’t tired – it’s just with the quiet, and the evening sun on my back it was perfect and just plain right to sit for a while and think of nothing.
So I did for a few minutes… Until my feet decided they wanted to run again. So I ran.
It was fantastic.
P.S. I also saw some kangaroos but they were too far off to get a photo.