Yesterday afternoon Barry and I headed up to Claytor Lake State Park for my first ever trail run! As we rolled into the park, I had butterflies in my stomach much the same as the ones I get right before the start of a race. We parked at one of the trail heads and took off into the woods. Right away we were climbing.
had warned, I found that I was much slower on the trails, due to the roots and rocks and hills. This was my first run since my race
so it was good to go slower, although I felt like I was putting forth the same amount of effort I do to run my normal pace on roads. There was a nice view of the lake at the top of one of our longer climbs, and I glanced up to try and take it in and tripped for the first time. I ended up tripping a lot during our 4 mile run, but I never did fall!
Overall I really enjoyed my first trail run. It was very different from running on roads (duh) and I liked the added challenge. My ankles got tight during the run. I must have been using a lot of stabilizer muscles in my lower legs that don’t usually get used. I can definitely see where trail running helps build strength. Happily (because I was worried about bears and mountain lions…) the only wildlife sighting during our run was deer. At least ten of them, including this 8 point buck.
Before we headed out to Claytor Lake, I finally took care of something important I had been meaning to do.
|I need to get Barry to stop taking pictures of me while he’s standing on a hill. I’m short enough as it is.
I know some think it’s pretentious, but I earned it. And I’m not bragging, I’m celebrating my accomplishment.
Speaking of accomplishments, I forgot to mention that I surpassed 1,000 miles of running in 2013 during the week of my marathon. That’s something I’ve never done before, but was hoping I would accomplish this year with the added miles for marathon training.
|Clearly I didn’t know I would be sharing a picture of my running log when I wrote so messily.
I actually hit 1,000 miles just before mile 16 during the marathon. Now I need to set a new mileage goal 2014!
What kind of wildlife have you seen while out running/biking/hiking?
If you have completed a half or full marathon, do you have a corresponding magnet on your vehicle?
Barry has a 26.2 magnet on his truck and until now I always felt like a liar when I drove his truck around.