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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. :-)
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    Trail running is tricky, and does take some practice, I've never run an event, but love to run trails (more than roads, to be honest....) and I've tripped up too, but not in a long while....guess practice does help! emoticon
    3414 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    Great job!
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    3416 days ago
  • no profile photo CD7133412
    Congrats on your first trail 10k! Sorry to hear about the spill! I can definitely sympathize! My bruises are now finally healed. LoL I know what you mean about the leaves covering the trail. That definitely scared me too. I think i might consider a spring or summer trail run on my own just to have something to compare to.

    1:08 is a great time!
    3417 days ago
    Nice job! There's just a lot of leaf cover in MN and even regular roads can be dicey. Hope the weather was warmer in Faribault than up in the Cities - I was shivering all day.
    3417 days ago
    Congrats! And, I'd be thrilled with a 1:08:21 even on a road race! I'm impressed!

    Thanks for the comment on my HM photos. I'm so impressed with YOU!! You've lost 150 pounds?!? WOW!!! I also saw you had a goal to run a mini-triathlon. Did you do it? I hope so! I ran my first 2 sprint triahlons this past spring. Will be trying again in 2012!
    3418 days ago
    Trail runs sound dangerous, especially at this time of year. I'm sure there were plenty of people stumbling and tripping.

    I'm glad that you made the best of it. It was certainly a gorgeous day to be outside!!

    3418 days ago
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    For a crazy 10K like that, it sounds like a GREAT finishing time! Good work.
    3418 days ago
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