Before I signed up for tomorrow's trail marathon, I committed to spending today hanging out near where my husband is taking a prep class (getting ready for engineering exams). We are attending a concert tonight and it was the only way we could avoid his leaving the class early to drive home and pick me up for the show. I realized his class was near one entrance to Chino Hills State Park and jumped at the thought of running most the day...then I succumbed to peer pressure and signed up for a race.
Since I have zero expectations for the race, I decided to go ahead and explore trails today. I parked at the Discovery Center entrance to the park and picked up a trail map. I intended on running between 7 and 10 miles and figured I would do an out/back or a loop; I thought one loop would be about 7-10 miles based on a quick glance at the map. At about mile 3.5, I realized the park is much larger than I realized. I turned to go up to a peak and started going down a trail to make a loop; two large deer flew across the trail in front of me, initially freaking me out because I did not see that the first was a deer! The trail was more technical than the one I took on the "out" and I decided it would be wise to turn around and just go back the way I came. I ended up with about 8 miles and loved being out on the trails!
I took the pace very easy but know tomorrow will be rough. Last week I pulled my right hamstring stretching and it flared up again Thursday; I hoped two nights of deep tissue massage (love my hubby) would cure it but today proved it's not getting better.