DAY 10 - Running Out of State
|Public art in Bend - Kayak Flower|
Bend is a pretty cool place. There's public art installations at a few chosen roundabouts downtown... a school of metalwork fish, a super enormous flower made completely out of kayaks, a single funky yellow bird, which, according to my husband, marked the mountain bike trails as well. The Deschutes River was the picture perfect backdrop to a pretty lively downtown. Our first stop in town? The Deschutes Brewery. Had myself a tall pint of the Lug Nut. Awwwwwyeah. After 10 hours of driving, that one would definitely qualify for the tastiest brew award.
Sunday was my day to get out and run. I started down by the river near the kayak flower and was glad I brought my VFFs. The surfaces I ended up running on varied quite a bit. Cobblestone bricks, chip and seal asphalt, a slightly splintery wooden bridge and a nicely maintained smooth dirt trail with some solid wooden planked sections. The Deschutes River was a beautiful place to run especially on the singletrack trails. I haven't been on trails since transitioning to barefoot. It was refreshing to be back in my element. Had a small issue with my left knee, which always tends to rear its head on wobbly trails, but it never amounted to more than just a little discomfort. Felt the knot in my calf, but its not sore, just... there. Its a bit smaller these days, but sits deep inside my muscle tissue like a lump. I roll it out before and after every run making sure I do some trigger pointing with a small nerf ball, which is sometimes painful. I think I ran just under 4 miles, but without my Nike Ipod sensor calibrated for barefooting, and no access online to map my run I couldn't be exact. At any rate, it was a good run and the bonus was the beauty of the surroundings and the fun of exploring.