Tuesday, November 12, 2013

My first trail run

I really can't believe I've never ran a trail before! It was absolutely amazing.
Saturday morning I woke up early to meet Mark, who is running the 100 mile ultra with me, and a couple other people, to run a trail at Capitol View Park, in Frankfort. We decided we would do 5 miles.
 It was absolutely gorgeous! 




As you can tell by the frost on the ground, it was pretty chilly! But once we got to running, I warmed up and felt great. Trail running is so different than road running. On the road I want to run as long as possible, and sometimes feel guilty for needing to walk. I'm constantly looking at my garmin, to make sure my pace is good. It's also easy to just listen to my music and zone out.
 
 Trail running is a whole new adventure. Being surrounded by nature, seeing deer just feet from us, hearing the birds start to wake up, it's all just incredible. I'm not focused on pace. It's peaceful and relaxing. It feels like you're escaping from the world. 

  Having great company for this run made it an even better experience. It was nice following behind someone, letting him run into the cobwebs so I don't have to, letting him fall over the roots in the ground, so I know to avoid it, letting him take the blame for getting us lost. It was awesome!! Ok, we didn't really get lost, maybe just a wrong turn. :)



Coming out of the woods to see our capitol was pretty sweet!
I can see how trail running is addictive. I can't wait to do it again!

Have you ran a trail before? Did you love it?


katie

30 comments:

  1. I love trail running, and just completed a three run series in Coeur d'Alene, 10K, 9'ER, and 25K. I love the peace and quiet.

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  2. I've ran trails a grand total of two times this past summer. It was really fun and I want to do it more often. Though I feel more comfortable running with someone than by myself!

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    1. I really wouldn't want to run trails alone either. I feel safer when I'm with someone else!

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  3. I'm a huge trail lover! I was so sad last fall when I couldn't run trails b/c my foot wasn't healed up enough. I needed flat, solid ground. But I've been back out a couple times since the marathon and am planning a long trail run this weekend. LOVE being out there, it's just a different world.

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    1. It is absolutely a different world on the trails. I'm addicted!!

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  4. I have never done a trail run (a little scared) I think if I had good company I would love to give it a try

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    1. Good company definitely makes it better! I hope you'll try it sometime!

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  5. My first trail run came as a surprise when I entered a marathon in Alaska, but I absolutely love it, so much that I entered trail marathons in Colorado and West Virginia a few months later.
    Your's looks absolutely beautiful! My favorite thing about running in the fall is running on those fallen crunchy leaves, and it looks like you probably got quite a bit of that:) So fun, thanks for sharing!

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    1. A marathon in Alaska? That would be amazing! I love it!

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  6. What a beautiful place to trail run! We have a few places nearby that I really like and now that it's cold enough for the snakes to be gone we can head back out there.

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    1. Yea, I don't think it would be good if I encountered a snake on a trail run!!

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  7. I did a lot of trail running in Oregon. The trails just aren't the same in Idaho :( It is a wonderful thing though!

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  8. As a solo runner, trails freak me out! It's not nearly as serene and peaceful when you're worried about what to do if you fall and/or cross paths with a wild animal. It seriously stresses me out. :(

    It is beautiful, though, and if I had a good running partner, I'd probably do more.

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    1. There is no way I could do a solo trail run. I've read too many scary stories!! Having a partner to do it with makes all the difference!

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  9. What a beautiful place to run! I pretty much stick to the road because I typically run from my house, but I bet the variety of a trail every now and then would be wonderful!

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    1. Yes, it's nice to change things up a little bit. My legs were a lot more sore after the trails, then they are just on the road!

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  10. I love trail running but my husband does not like for me to go alone!! Not many of my runner friends agree, since many are afraid of falling and getting hurt! Wish we lived closer!!

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    1. I don't blame him, I definitely wouldn't go alone. I wish we lived closer to!! Maybe you should come visit KY. ;)

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