I made it to Pennsylvania! (Or rather, my cat survived the long move to Pennsylvania.) I intended to write a long, sentimental post about Milwaukee before leaving Wisconsin, but then time flew by, and now the moment has passed. I went on my first long run here in the Lehigh Valley this morning, and it was so beautiful that now I want to tell you all about that instead.
Moving from a city of nearly 600,000 people to a town of just 12,000 is going to be an adjustment, but when it comes to outdoor activities, there’s much more to do here. I live near South Mountain and the Robert Rodale Reserve, perfect for hiking, trail running and bouldering. My training for the Columbus Marathon has commenced, and my plan called for eight miles of LSD (long slow distance) today. For once I adhered to the slow part, because I was running over rocks and uphill.
On a city or suburban street, I like listening to music, but in the woods I prefer to tune into the rustling of chipmunks in the leaves and the crunch of my running shoes against the rocks. I forgot how good that feels. I ran into deer twice on the trail, once stopping to wait while two spotted fawns crossed the path and caught up with their mom.
Aside from in high school cross country, I haven’t done much trail running before. Pretty sure a paved bike path doesn’t count. I’m hoping the hillier terrain here will make me an even stronger runner. The flat Columbus Marathon will feel like cake after 15-mile training runs here, right?
After the initial excitement of getting a new job, I was feeling glum about moving and leaving my friends in Milwaukee behind, but this first weekend in PA has me feeling hopeful and anxious to explore my new natural surroundings. I’m sure there will be lonely times, but it’ll be an adventure. If you want to tag along, follow my new blog Instagram account!
YOUR TURN: Do you go trail running? Got any tips for a newbie?