I ran tonight. Alone. On a trail. Before you question my sanity... It was a trail that hugs the property line behind my townhome complex and the apartment complex next to it. It's a "safe" trail isn't it??
It was a full moon. How was I to pass that up? (photo is not mine)
This was my 5th run in 5 days. I started running every day on Saturday. The first day of fall. Also a bad personal day. Running helps me stay positive. Distract myself from issues in my life. And running every day allows me to push my foot a little without pushing my mileage too out of control. After all, tonight I only ran 2 "easy" miles and I do plan to have some 2 mile runs in my every day running quest. I will pay close attention to my foot. My doctor did say about a month ago I could start running 5-6 miles EVERY day. I have not been going that crazy.
The first part of my run was a little creepy. I had my pepper spray but as I rounded the corned to run behind my neighborhood I realized - deer go here. A lot. And while I haven't heard of any mountain lion sightings near here.. where there are deer there can be lions. Right? Was I being stupid? Well I started to freak myself out a little. This section was darker. About 100ish feet away from the neighborhood fence at points and on the other side was heavy brush and a drop off to a canyon. About half mile in I was running behind the well-lit apartments only about 30 feet from me with a wide & open flat area on the other side. I felt better. I turned around at the 1 mile mark and made my way back - again a little freaked during that first/last section. But I made it. It felt good. The moon was full. I ran with the shadow of the Santa Ana Mountains in the not-so-far distance.