I can’t even tell you how many times Traci and I have decided against a trail run because we thought the woods would be too wet. Well, yesterday we decided to go for it, even though we’ve had rain on and off the last few days and the sky looked ominous as I drove over to Ouabache State Park.
I wore old clothes and my crappiest running shoes and just resigned myself to getting wet and muddy. But the funny thing was, it wasn’t really that bad at all. The gravel that’s been added to what used to be the swampiest portion of Trail 5 makes a huge difference. There were only 2-3 places where mud and puddles presented much of an obstacle, and that’s not bad on a trail that goes nearly 6 miles.
The best part was that it just didn’t seem to matter much if it was raining or not. The trees protected us from most of it. You know that cozy feeling you get when you’re warm and dry inside during a storm? It kind of felt like that, except that instead of running on a boring old treadmill we were running on our favorite trail in the woods.