At my gym, there's a group of endurance runners who go on a mountain trail run every week at Annadel State Park. It's approximately 5-1/2 miles on dirt and gravel trails up and down hills and lasts about an hour.
They've been trying to get me to go for ages. They know that I hate endurance cardio, and they insist that I'm not getting enough benefits from my HIIT workouts. (I do rounds of burpees, jumprope, pull ups, wind sprints, that sort of thing.) I never do endurance stuff; I warm up before I head to the gym by jaunting around the block 1/4 mile and that's it.
Well, yesterday I finally went for it. I managed to keep up with the pack; I ended up 6th out of 8, about 5 minutes behind the leader, and about 20 seconds behind two others.
Word got around the gym today, and now I'm a minor celebrity. Apparently, most people can't stay the entire course their first time out. And I was the oldest one there! Most of the group is in their 20s and 30s, then a 40 and a 44 year old, and me, age 50.
The best part? Now that I proved I can do it, I am NOT doing it again! I'd MUCH rather spend a third of the time doing stuff I like!