I have made my first loop route in the Osceola National Forest! Loops, as opposed to out-and-back routes, are true milestones for a runner in a new environment. It means that I am gaining confidence on the trails (Florida Trail and all of those that intersect) and with the lay of the land. I am understanding how the trail system works and how to use to get where I want to go.
I also fell for the first time. Somehow I managed that while walking. It was a pretty hard fall, but I realized that I haven't had one in a while. I usually average one good one a year. I was due.
Yes, I am still walking, but with much less pain. Even my quick walking which really is borderline walking, only left me sore for the next few hours. I feel that I am getting better, just slowly.
This was the first time that I felt like I did when I was running, and running far. It was the first warm, blue sky day in weeks. Stunningly beautiful weather, a new route under my belt, and a dirt road on which to stretch and take in the surroundings, I don't know what could be much better than that.