High in the lowlands

Watershed runner's highI woke up still feeling pretty sick after our run on Cougar the day before, but I was determined to sweat it out – nothing else appeared to be helping anyway. To the Redmond Watershed Preserve! JK was going for an additional short loop, so we both put on music and ran at our own pace. I don’t know if it was the fresh-smelling woods (didn’t see any bear scat that day), the happy faces of fellow runners and hikers I met along the trail, the utter joy of running to Faithless again or, most likely, my total lack of expectations that day, but I had the best run of my life. Seriously. I entered that elusive state of flow, and when I finally came to myself and realized that hey, I’m still running, it turned into a massive endorphin high (see maniacal smile in cell phone pic).

I didn’t bring any water since I’m trying to train myself to drink less during short distances, so near the end when I started feeling parched, I resorted to swallowing little slurps of post-nasal drip. I kid, I kid! (Sort of.) By Monday my cold was gone and I felt human again.

Redmond Watershed Preserve | 4.7 miles | 340 feet elevation gain

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  • Reply Cindy P. January 15, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Ingunn, so glad you are blogging again. Though we’ve never met I have so enjoyed your adventures. Big and Small. Sorry you have been under the weather. It’s that time of the year I’m afraid. Try to stay away from post nasal drip and I believe one can never have too much water. Drink away. :)

  • Reply Ewa January 15, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I love, love, love runs like that. There is something special about running in nature too. I believe (though I might be totally wrong on that one) that running is great for clearing sinuses. At least it works for me.
    I am fine without water for runs shorter than 1.5hrs (unless it’s really hot). Sure, we need to be hydrated but I am thinking that a lot of ‘proper’ hydration advice is fueled by water bottling companies.

  • Reply Ingunn January 15, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I’ve had over-hydration issues ever since I had mono when I was fifteen. Seriously, I drink insaaane amounts of water, which gets annoying when I’m hiking or backpacking. The doc keeps checking to see if I have diabetes, but nope, I’m just always thirsty!

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