An interesting trail run and two upcoming trail experiences

I had a handful of good runs this week, including yesterday’s trail run. Despite it being pretty warm outside (upper 70’s) and my calves feeling very tight, I was having a good time out on the local mountain bike trails. Can you spot the owl? (It’s actually a trail cam used for surveillance…)

Trail Running Draper Mountain Bike Trails

Unfortunately, my run had to be cut a mile short due to a storm that quickly moved in during my run. It started thundering, and as the thunder got closer and became more frequent I decided to turn around. I figured if I made it back to my car before the storm actually hit I could do another short out and back. But that didn’t happen.

Trail Running Draper Mountain Bike Trails

Instead, I got rained and hailed on the entire way back to my car, as the thunder boomed and lightning flashed around me. I’m all for running in the rain, but when a storm like that moves in I seek shelter.

Trail Running Draper Mountain Bike Trails

I had one heart stopping moment on my way back to my car where I thought my key had fallen out of my water bottle pouch. Luckily, it was in there and I just didn’t notice it at first. That would not have been good! (fyi – all photos taken before said hail storm)

I’ve got a couple of new trail experiences coming up in the near future that I’m pretty excited about (and one I’m a bit scared about, but that’s okay!).

Tomorrow morning I’ll be volunteering at the Mill Mountain Mayhem 10K trail race, while Barry runs the race. This is another race that’s part of the RNUTS series by Mountain Junkies. I opted out of it, since Blue Ridge is next weekend, but still wanted to volunteer.

Mill Mountain Mayhem 10K Trail Race Mountain Junkies LLC
This will be my first time volunteering at a race and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ve always wanted to give back to the sport that has given so much to me. So tomorrow morning they will arm me with a safety vest and a stop sign. My job will be to control traffic at the road crossing near the finish line. I’ve always wanted to try my hand at being a crossing guard 🙂

It’s a good thing that I decided to sign up for the RNUTS trail race series. For one, I’m having a lot of fun with it despite my training not being what I had envisioned thus far for 2015. Secondly, this is happening now:

Ragnar Relay Trails Appalachians WV
Debbie had a spot open up on her MRTT team and she invited me to join. Last fall, I had the opportunity to join Debbie’s ‘Cruisers Rockin’ the Relay’ team at the road Ragnar Relay. I had an absolute blast, and I’m excited to take part in the trail version of the relay this June. I’ll be shaking in my Hokas when it comes time to run my night leg in the woods by myself. But as long as I don’t fall off a cliff, it’ll all be good.

Have you ever lost your keys while running?
Ever get caught in a hail storm?
It’s not as fun as it sounds.
Who has done a Ragnar Relay?

9 thoughts on “An interesting trail run and two upcoming trail experiences”

  1. You will have so much fun doing the trail Ragnar! Totally not my cup of tea, but it seems like it’s right up your alley. I would be nervous about running the night leg in the dark, but there will be other people out there too. I think I’d be more worried about twisting my ankle on a rock or root that I couldn’t see! Have fun with it!

  2. I’m so excited that you joined our team! I just realized that I haven’t made the exciting announcement on my blog that I’m running Ragnar Appalachians WV. We’re tough runner girls and we will be fine – even on the nighttime loop!

    1. Oops, sorry I spilled the beans for you! If you hear someone singing H-O-K-I-E-S HOKIES! in the woods at night, don’t worry it’ll just be me keeping the bears away. 🙂

  3. Oh glad you didn’t lose your keys! That would’ve been scary! And also very scary that you were caught in the woods in a storm. I was caught about 1/2 mile from home once which didn’t seem far until it started pouring rain sideways. Have fun volunteering!

  4. I’ve been caught in scary hail storms while hiking, but never while running.
    I also thought for a second that I’d dropped my key somewhere on my trail run last weekend. Scary!
    Love your pictures. The owl & bike are cool.

    1. It’s not so fun, is it? Hail is a bit painful to run through. And thinking you’ve lost your key is not a great feeling! I’m glad neither of us actually did so!

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