I’m just back from a one-week trip visiting family in Ontario. This is a great thing about running – not much equipment needed. It’s something you can keep up while travelling. As opposed to other sports, like swimming or cycling – where you need to either get to a specific place (a gym or a pool) or need a lot of equipment (bike, kayak…). Although I was a bit worried this time – my knee is still not 100% healed after my spontaneous decision to run the Victoria Marathon last month.
First stop was Guelph, visiting my dad. I knew there was a river with a trail beside it about 1 km from his seniors home. So I jogged down to check it out – and was very pleased to find that there was a whole network of mountain biking trails in there, along the river and through the forest and up to Guelph Lake! They are exactly the kind of trails that I love to run on – narrow rolling and winding dirt paths, meandering through the forest. I went for just over an hour the first day, and a good 1:30 run the next day.
However, my knee was still hurting. It was good for the first half hour so of each run, but I could definitely feel it after that.
Next stop was my sister’s place, in Caledon East. Their house backs right on to the TransCanada Trail there. It is made of fine gravel and completely flat (an old railway grade). So I figured I would just do some easy jog/walks there, give my knee a chance to heal. And it worked! Between going more gently, and doing a bit of biking too (with my brother-in-law and niece, as well as on my own), and also the lack of any uphills or downhills, my knee is finally on the mend. Oh, and they have a dog (who I have run with before when I was out there – she loves me!!) So I had some good company on my runs out there, too.