Today I’m joining Bradley Lane, one of my fellow Altra Ambassadors, on the trails around Washington DC for a few easy miles.
Finding Trails in the Urban Environment
Unbeknownst for many people, Washington DC has some seriously technical trails to run in the area. And even inside of DC proper, there is nearly 35 miles worth of trails to run on.
Just because Bradley lives in our nation’s capital, it doesn’t mean that he’s stuck pounding the pavement.
But this idea of finding some great trails near an urban center isn’t as strange to Bradley as it is to me.
He grew up in southern California, and he spent a lot of time hiking in and exploring many of the mountains and trails near in and around LA and San Diego.
Finding Balance with His Running
In the past, Bradley has been guilty of letting running kind of overtake his life. (Sound familiar to anyone else, or is it just me?)
Between racing as often as possible and doing the training required to race all of the time, running because a something of a job for Bradley.
This season, he’s working on restoring the balance between running, work, and his personal life.
He’s still putting in plenty of miles, but he’s not participating in as many official races in a way to bring the joy back to his running.
And it’s definitely working!
Next year Bradley will likely add a few more races to his schedule, but for now he’s really enjoying his year of low stress running.
Swallowing Your Pride: DNF
In the ultra running community, of which I’m still not a member, there are some who view a DNF (did not finish) as the worst thing that could possibly happen during a race.
I believe the saying is “Death before DNF”?
Earlier this year, Bradley had to make the decision to either keep pushing in a race when things were not going well or bow out of his race.
I think it’s fair to say that he made the right decision, and took his first ever DNF in a race.
While the decision wasn’t an easy one to make, but when something is wrong physically pushing on is only going to make the situation worse.
For Bradley, taking his first DNF was a learning experience, but ultimately it was the right decision.
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