Don’t Wait For Me….

Ever feel as free as a bird and not want to stop running?  This doesn’t happen often and I’m so frequently strapped to my chaotic schedule that it can’t happen even if I am in fact feeling “free”.  However, on Wednesday night, I just didn’t want to stop.  I run with a group on WEDs, ended up a bit ahead and just didn’t stop at our normal spot.  I was hoping everyone would go on home and not worry about me but of course, as I finally returned to my car, there they were awaiting my return.  Ugh!  I felt bad.  I felt guilty.  I’m sorry!  In the future, please, don’t wait for me!

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I’m a very random runner.  I like to run fast.  I like to run slow.  I like to walk.  I like to talk.  I like to run far.  I like to run short.  I really, just like to run.  Therefore, I am a wildcard so don’t wait for me. 

I’ve been putting in a lot of treadmill miles this winter due to our frenzied family schedules.  Therefore, when I actually get to hit the pavement and the wind isn’t trying to destroy me, I just want to run.  Run free.  Run for as long as I am able.  So please, don’t wait for me.

I run a lot of solo miles.  Actually most of my miles are solo.  I run in the daylight.  I run in the dark.  I run country roads. I run city streets.  I run trails.  I run paths.  I run the beach when I am able.  So the thought of someone waiting for me is almost unimaginable because I spend so much time running alone.  So let’s agree that in the future….. you don’t need to feel obligated to wait for me.  I appreciate your concern.  I appreciate your caring.  I appreciate you.  However, I don’t want to feel guilty.  I don’t want to feel rushed.  For once I want to feel free as if somebody isn’t actually ….. waiting on me.  So please, don’t wait for me.

Have you ever ran a little extra and had a person, or two, awaiting your return?  Super nice but makes you feel bad, right?  😦

** The Random Runner ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

Don’t Be Scared….Try This Trail!

With all the talk about Zombie Runs and scary, spooky trials, it’s a stark reminder that many people are honestly afraid to run our glorious trail system.  Even more so, afraid to run a trail alone.  Well, if we don’t run alone, then sometimes running is not an option.  I totally understand.  So if you are one of those people who is leery about trying a trail, here is a good one for you.  Yankee Woods in Oak Forest, IL.  Park in the lot off of Central  Avenue, just south of 159th  Street.  Here is the photo of the 3.1 mile loop.  Its super easy, just keep running clockwise and don’t take any of the little spurs.  You won’t get lost.image

This trail runs the perimeter of the George W Dunne Golf Course and is surrounded by urban area, including busy thoroughfares like Central Avenue and 159th Street.  The trail is heavily traveled so no matter what time of day, you will encounter cyclists, walkers, moms with strollers, and lots of runners of varying pace.  It’s a small piece of paradise nestled amongst the bustling suburbs of Tinley Park and Oak Forest.  It is also part of a much larger trail system for when you get braver and want to explore new territories!  If you want and I have, you can run from the Midlothian Reservoir (entrance on 167th Street, just west of Cicero Avenue) all the way into Palos.  Great trail.  Very scenic.  Rolling Hills.  Map below includes the additional trails beyond Yankee Woods.

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Since the trail is surrounded by people, traffic and the golf course, you won’t ever be alone.  If there were an emergency, you could literally bust thru the woods onto a busy street or into a neighborhood with a few steps.  There is one section that is somewhat secluded but it’s a very short jaunt.

I hit this trail last night on my way home because I didn’t have a lot of time and Dr Alexis won’t let me run very far and I was once again amazed by the beauty.  Here are a few photos:

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It looks like you are in the middle of nowhere but you’re really not.  Nice, huh?  I still wear my Wrist Saver pepper spray and go without music so that I can be aware of my surroundings.  I always like to err on the side of caution but I’m not at all nervous about running this trail alone.  Overall, its a great trail nestled into a very busy area.  The miles will fly by and be a blur….just like me in this photo.  🙂

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** Happy Trail Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz ** amanda@tootallfritz.com