This week I had the good fortune of being up in Acadia and decided to head out on my own for a hike/run. In the past two weeks I've been rereading Born to Run and reading for the first time Eat & Run and I was hoping to capture some of the fun in running. To be honest I get horribly bored running on the road, and I was really looking forward to being in the woods and the mountains. My plan was to run/hike Gorham Mountain, but at the last minute I decided to tack on Beehive as well- which is straight up to 520 feet with steel rungs to help you get there. It added an extra hour to my trip, but it was definitely worth it! I did the 4.5 miles pain free (Yay for Cool Impossible goal #1) and although it was slow going at times I enjoyed it so much. I stopped to take pictures and enjoy the view, stopped to eat some wild blueberries and stopped to take a dip in The Bowl (a Mountain Lake). Did I run the whole time? Nope. But I enjoyed it more then any other run I've done. Ever. I did a full review of my adventure over on my blog and I included a lot of pictures if anyone wants to check it out.
Suffice it to say doing this short run definitely makes me feel like my long term goals are well within reach. I want to run in the Tetons next summer, with a conservative goal of at least 10k. I did 4.5 already, so that is easily obtainable. Then I want to do the Monster 1/2 Marathon here in Upstate NY in September 2014... definitely do able. And given how much fun I had running in Acadia, I'd imagine that I'll actually have a blast reaching both of these goals!