My First Trail Race-Big Woods Run 10K Report
Sunday, October 16, 2011
First of all, I did it! I ran the whole thing (except as below) and I finished!
I also managed to trip and fall on the trail not once, but twice. The second time in particular was truly a face-plant. I had to wash dirt off my face after the finish. After both falls, which were deep in the woods and far from help, I walked for a few feet just to make sure that all the parts were there. The other runners around me were very nice, asking if I was okay, etc. Not much they could do if I wasn't except send help at the next water stop or road crossing. But I was able to keep going. After the second fall my left knee started to seize up a bit, and I thought about stopping, but I decided to keep running, and it loosened up again, so I'm glad I did.
In defense of my cloddishness, I will say that the trails were in many places leaf-covered, so that you couldn't see tree roots, rocks and stumps on the trail. I was not the only one to fall, but probably the only one to fall twice. Not sure I enjoyed the beautiful autumn woods much, since I never lifted my eyes from the few feet in front of my feet. My time was pretty slow: 1:08:21, but I think that's reasonable for two falls, and the finish is literally a full mile uphill the whole way.
After the race, the church sponsor served a marvelous soup and bread lunch, with homemade cookies and lots of fruit. It was very well-organized and I'm glad I ran the race, but I'm not sure I'll do it again. I think I'm just too clumsy for a trail run. :-)