With the Winter Solstice fast approaching, Kona and I took off early to bid Autumn farewell.
The crescent moon was there to greet us.
While I craved endorphins from a good run, my sore knee pleaded for an easier pace. After hurting my knee during the New York City Marathon last year, I scratched the 2011 running events from my calendar. Long adventures with Kona fell less frequently than I wanted.
It took months for me to figure out what went awry in my leg. After my sore IT band healed, I was able to pinpoint the source of the knee pain that made me feel like I lost my winter season with Kona last year. My marathon quest severely inflamed my hamstring tendon (one of those beefy bands you feel on the underside of your knee). My hamstring is also a mess, often feeling like it's in a perpetual spasm. Whatever happened to my knee in New York decided to stick around. Fortunately, I'm hopeful that I can work with my needy connective tissue.
Our "cold" season is just too good to miss. There are trails to climb, smells to sniff,
skies to watch,
and sun rays to greet.
Kona and I said goodbye to the season this morning, watching Autumn's last sunrise. With Winter hours way, new adventures beckon.