Sunday, June 26, 2016

Tale from the Trail

While I was off running I had time to think...too much time (Jan. Feb. March) and I thought back to my days when I first started running, just four years ago. 
I use to trail run once a week. Running trails challenged me, the hills, the roots, the grip, all so different from pavement, and my knees which were a big issue at the time, liked the softer surface. 
I had taken a few trips through the air, you know how you catch a root and sail, but don't go down...
Well, after I had a stress fracture I worried about catching my foot and jarring that area abruptly, so I took a long break from anything other than trail walking. I just started running on the trails again a few weeks ago...and already took my first spill. 
"I'm Okay"


This is only my second fall over the years, actually drawing blood. All trail runners fall, right? Maybe not... maybe it is just uncoordinated me. 
It was a lovely fall, I hit the ground on my right side and rolled all the way over. It stung for sure. I came up covered in trail mulch. 



Last Man on Earth

I walked a mile and a half to the closest station where I knew the park police would be, in search of a band-aid. I saw a young guy coming out the door. I approached him and asked if he had a bandage, he took one look at me, and ducked back inside, and a girl ranger came out. Dudes man... LOL 
I guess he didn't do blood. I can't say I blame him. 
The gal ranger was sweet, put on gloves, and kept offering to clean me up. I washed the area off myself and gratefully accepted the antiseptic. I didn't want her to have to touch it, even with gloves. She gave me some anti-biotic cream and I made a thick coat over it. It felt a zillion times better in seconds.
After I walked for a while, I decided I could run again if I kept it easy, and managed  3 x 1 intervals for two miles back to my car. 

2 miles @ 11:44 avg pace
I only mention this because I thought it was funny I ran better after my fall LOL 

Before my fall...
4 miles @ 12:03 avg pace  

The real truth is I struggled from step one Saturday. The dew point was up...71, it was sticky feeling and I felt lethargic. 
I did all the things I do when I am struggling...
drank a lot of Nuun and had mini pep talks with myself. 
  • I feel great, just go easy.
  • This is my day for a long run, smile!
  • You can do this.

 I even paused and took a few minutes in the rest room to splash water all over myself.

But this stuff kept creeping in...

  • It isn't even sunny, should't I feel better?? 

I picked up another aggressive fly (like last week) and he was persistent. That little bugger kept stinging me right on the T of my tank top where I couldn't reach to swat him away. UGH! I fell after he had been trailing me for about four minutes, so I am blaming it on the fly! 
Maybe this is the wrong time of year to try to trail run again. The shade is nice, but the trails in winter are much less buggy. I took more pictures while I was walking though. 








Here is where I rolled. Sorry for the repeat FB friends. 

So no "longer run" this week, but thankfully my two weekday runs went pretty well. 


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Warm Up - 0.24 mi 0:04:00
Full Moon Six - 6.02 mi 1:03:04
Walking/ Push ups - 0.36 mi 0:14:28
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Biking - 7.27 mi 0:42:39
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Steady Five - 5.51 mi 0:57:34
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Lazy for no good reason, but I cleaned a little
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Warm Up /Stretching/ Core Stuff 0:32:38
Upper Body Day - 1:32:37
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3 X 1 Trail Time - 4.36 mi 0:52:35
Walking After My Roll - 2.32 mi 0:49:40
3 X 1 Back To My Car - 2.01 mi 0:23:37
Stretching - 0:10:39
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Had not happened when I wrote this ;)

Sprinklers are saving me. Getting good and wet is keeping my body temp at a manageable level and making for halfway, fun summer runs, which is super weird for me!! 

Proof! Still smiling on Hump Day after 5.5 miles when it was over 70 degrees. My shirt is drenched. lol 

I have to wash my pack after each use in this weather. I've had my Nathan pack for several years, and lost count of how many times I washed it. It has held up well. 

Oh! Sunday's (today) workout ended up being grass cutting and some cleaning. I wore my watch to track my time. I am in a minute challenge at work and wanted the proof, but check out the burn! Motivation to cut the grass. 

oh and just because...

Princess Bagheera helping me blog

Oh, and I did my push ups four out of the last seven days. 
That is way more than I normally would do 

Okay. Sorry.  I will stop rambling now! I am like the person who wan't hang up when you say bye! 

That is a glimpse into this past week. 
I am going to try to finish June off strong! 
I hope this leg heals up, so I can get a few good runs in this week. 

I am linking up with my gals for the Weekly Wrap

Join in with Holly @ hohoruns and Tricia@ MissSippiPiddlin  


I hope you have a great week! 
Any plans to finish June off strong? 
Your feelings on trail running?! 
Do you like cutting grass? 
How was your past week? 


55 comments:

  1. I love trail running even though my chances of falling are much higher on trails - so common for trail runners. At least the ground is usually softer than the roads!

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    1. True, I am hoping I never take a pavement spill!

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  2. Oh my gosh that must have been scary while you were flying through the air! I have not eaten it on the trails (knock on wood) but I did fall over the rocks on the train tracks once. It was scary and freaked out my husband. When we were at trail running camp, there was a guy that took a total face plant. He was tough, Retire Marine, I was impressed. Those trail pictures are beautiful. Looks like a great place to run.

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    1. I knew while I was sailing it was going to sting, but I just had to go with it LOL That is good you have not taken a tumble. It can happen fast. Our trails are full of roots, so it is hard to miss everyone...well, obviously,for me lol I love it in the winter!

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  3. Your fall just makes you look super bad ass. Yo? I'm glad you weren't hurt. I do believe it was that fly's fault...with his teensy fly leg stuck out to trip you. LOL. I wish I had some trails to run around here. Or maybe I do and I'm too lazy to drive there. I may have to dig out my Camelbak when I get into long mileage. I have a love/hate relationship with it. Hope you have a good week and thanks for linking, Karen!

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    1. I felt kind of bad ass when I ran on it lol Those darn flies are aggravating, I still think I would have stayed upright if I wasn't swatting at him. I wish I has some paved place to drive to, but there really isn't anywhere close.
      I have the same love/hate with my pack, so much to clean up, but my handheld isn't enough when I get over 6 miles.

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  4. Knock on wood I haven't taken a tumble trail running, although I do tend to pick up those pesky flies. Seriously they just where to bite so you can't get them. Glad your ok though, have a great week!

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    1. Flies are a pain in my pa-tut! The y are pesky for sure.
      Thanks, I am feeling better :)

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  5. Oh. I fractured my foot getting it caught under a tree root last summer - and I wasn't even running! That trail run looks so pretty. I wonder if the bugs are better or worse at different times of day?

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    1. Oh, I remember that when you were hiking :( Well, I am lucky it isn't serious like that, at this point that would crush me.
      The bugs are worse in the evening for sure, but early morning seems worse this year. I just may have to accept defeat and take to the road.

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  6. I think that kissing the ground is part of being a trail runner. I've been running since 2012 and never wiped out until last year, during my 1st attempt at a 50K trail. Wiped out 3x.

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    1. Oh my, must have been an off day! My old bones can hardly take one fall, hopefully this fall checks that off for the year.

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  7. Sorry about your fall! But great job on your pace afterwards! I have never run trails, but now I'm wondering why. The scenery looks so beautiful! Have a great week, and no more falls! :)

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    1. The scenery is great, and I do LOVE Fall- everything looks so pretty with all the colorful leaves!

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  8. Ouch! I have fallen once on a trail run...not blood, but several bruised ribs. I went down so fast, I had no idea what had happened until I found myself all sprawled out on the ground LOL. I do enjoy the challenge of trails, though! And, I can feel it in every muscle from the waist-down the next day ;-)

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    1. It is a great work out! I do better on the hills in winter usually.
      That is how I felt, I looked up and thought what just happened LOL

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  9. I love trail running because I don't have to worry about traffic. I will probably now jinx myself for writing this but I have never fallen (yet). However, I did take a nasty spill on my bike a few years ago!

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    1. I hope you don't take any spills! The bike would be scary to fall off...knock, knock, knock, I have not done that yet.

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  10. I have never mowed a lawn. It's almost the only exercise Mr. Judy gets!

    I only fell on a run once (technically it was twice on the SAME run) -- I went flying though. It was only a few weeks before a half, but other than being pretty bruised & scraped, thankfully it was ok.

    I don't do much trail running -- the ticks up here are pretty fierce. I did a little during our mild winter this year.

    Bagheera is so cute!

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    1. I try not to mow the lawn! but it needed it, I am usually the bush trimmer though lol anyway, it did give me lots of extra minutes for my work challenge!
      Falling hurts! I am scared to death on the pavement, both my falls have been on the trail. Ugh, we have ticks too, I spray my shoes, but I still get one sometimes.
      Thanks, she is a little angel :)

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  11. I haven't fallen on the trail yet. Mostly because I am super cautious out there. I have NO PROBLEM going very slow on trails. Dave makes fun of me, because I walk in any tricky spots! I was fly bait on my run yesterday, and it was AWFUL.

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    1. That is good you haven't went down. I try to be very careful, but everything here is so much roots and rocks it you can't avoid tricky spots, there are not many smooth stretches. I have a limestone trail I love, but it is a 50 minute drive from home, so I don't get to run it often. It sure is a lot kinder to me!!

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  12. You probably ran better after your fall because your adrenaline was pumping! That happens to me when I wipe out or get scared on the run.

    Last night I fell off of a rock in the lake and landed on my heel. Today I can't walk on it. Crap!

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    1. Ouch!! It doesn't take much to flare things up :(
      I guess, I thought it was funny I actually felt better run wise after I fell. Saturday was one of those days I probably shouldn't have been running.

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  13. Oh I am glad you are okay! Falling is scary because you don't know how you feel until after the initial shock of falling is over. It's like, okay, is everything still attached??? This post makes me want to go trail running with you. We'd have so much to talk about! The heat/humidity is making running tough for me too. But of course I don't make any effort to get up earlier haha!

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    1. I wish we could trail running, but my turtle speed would kill you lol
      I have tried the trails the past few weeks so I could sleep just a little later, you know till 6 a.m.I usually get there closer to 7. I am not trail running at sun up...too scary and I watch too much ID channel lol but I think this week I will get up at butt crack dawn and just run my same old routes...sigh.

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  14. Great pics, that area looks gorgeous. Yes all trail runners fall, it's a part of the game. I always count yard work as cross training, sometimes I'm more sore from yard work than I am from running lol.

    You know my thoughts on trail running. Keep it up, it's the best!!

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    1. Thanks :) I wish I could get to the mountains just a little easier...i have been looking through all kind of trail directories to see if there is something new for me to try lol
      Raking kills me lol it is funny how sore you can get from yard work.

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  15. Ugh, that knee! I am glad you are OK. As you know via FB, I can sympathize because about a month ago I fell--full on spread eagle on the sidewalk (damn uneven sidewalks). This is not my first running "accident" so this is why I will not run on trails. I stick to the roads if I can. I am way too clumsy! The predawn temps in CO are now 60-62 so I have taken to trying to find sprinklers, too! I know 60's does not sounds hot to many but I am so used to really cold so this definitely has me wishing it could drop down another 10 degrees! Have an awesome week!!

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    1. Oh, the sidewalk would be bad! That is one of my fears - falling on the asphalt:(
      I am fairly clumsy too, I catch myself "shuffling" when I get fatigued, but I have been going much easier pace these days and outside I can adjust my footing from the bumps, holes, etc... I think because the trails are darker sometimes my eye doesn't catch that there is a lump...or maybe it is just because my eye is OLD lol
      I love it, sprinkler love lol I was soaked this a.m. again...it was 63. I am amazed at how it helps my heart rate stay lower, once i get wet enough. Once it is above 68, I just have to take it easy, I overheat. I could live 48 to 50 everyday of my life :)

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    2. I could totally live in a place where it is 75-80 in the day and 50-55 at night. How nice would that be?!? I don't think our overnight low will go much higher than it is right now because we have been having 90 + degree weather in the day (thank God it's a dry heat). There are many reasons I would not want to run a race, but the fact that they start after the sun is up is a HUGE part of it. I just love running in the cool/dark/peaceful morning.

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    3. I understand - I do enjoy the peaceful mornings - a few times a week :) then I want sleep lol I think your magical place with the perfect temps is just right! Have you ever run any races? I have such mixed feelings right now about "racing"' those days are gone for me I think. I do have one thing I want to check off though before I transition to what I am doing now...

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  16. I'm so glad you werent hurt really bad - that looks like a nasty fall.
    Glad someone was close with some things to clean it up.
    Bugs landing on sweaty skin is one thing I dont miss while my knee is keeping me from running.

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    1. I ran on it this morning, and it feels okay, just a little stiff.
      Bugs are so annoying, i am really chewed up. I wish your knees would cooperate for ya. I woke up this morning and my cyst (wrists) were swollen, I hate how the aches kind of rule everything some days!

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  17. Ouch on your fall! I'm sorry to hear! I'm glad to hear it wasn't anything bigger than a scratch! and it looks like that adrenaline kicked in and made you go faster!

    That kitten is so cute!

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    1. Thanks Ana :) Most of was trail rash lol just a little stiff today.
      Bagheera is a good kitty :)

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  18. Ouch! That must have been quite a tumble to get a cut like that! Glad you're okay and got some treatment for it. I am so afraid of falling on trails that I go super, super slow and still walk up and down the steep hills. I know what you mean about the bugs too. Ugh! But I guess it's the lesser of two evils--bugs or being in the sun. For me I absolutely need that shade!

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    1. I just have one small spot where it was gouged, mostly just trail rash lol I ran on it this a.m. and felt okay.
      Bugs are the worst!! I can not handle sun either, I guess I will be getting up super early this week unless i decide to brave the trail again :(

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  19. Trail running is no joke! I am sorry you took the tumble and got that cut, but thank goodness for the woman who helped you out with antiseptic and antibiotic cream. I am all about running through sprinklers, too. Over the weekend, I saw a big city watering truck with a city worker spraying water on one of the city's public gardens, and I almost asked if he would spray me, LOL. Princess Bagheera is too cute. Do we know the origin of her name, btw? Are you going to keep the name?

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    1. I ran this a.m. and was just a little stiff, but I do hate taking a tumble, I am not sure what I will do this weekend yet.
      Ha! That is funny about the city worker lol I would have asked too! I was soaked this morning lol but hey, I was happy!
      The kids in the Vet Sci class named her Bagheera, after the panther from Jungle Book. We decided to keep it because she seemed to respond to it and I didn't want to confuse her. She is quite entertaining :)

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  20. Falls and stingy bugs...reasons I don't love trails! I did chuckle at the male ranger who was scared of a little blood!

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    1. LOL, I know the bugs suck. I don't have this issue in winter, maybe I will rethink my "long run" plan.
      The guy ranger cracked me up...

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  21. Oh, poor leg! I had my first fall about a month ago and OUCH! I ripped up my leg pretty well, but the run must go on, right? We have yellow flies here, sometimes and they are jerks. Usually, they're not out in the early morning when I run, but when they get a taste of you... ugh.

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    1. Falling stinks! I have been forunate my falls have not been too serious.
      I am so over the flies!

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  22. Love trail running! So sorry about your fall, glad your okay!!!
    I wasn't even trail running, last weekend out hiking the decent was super steep and I totally fell right on my butt and slid down about 10 feet. My friend behind me laughed pretty hard, until she got to the same spot and fell too, LOL Hey, it happens right!
    Love your pictures, just gorgeous!!!!!!

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    1. Ha! It stinks falling but it is funny how it can crack you up! Last time I hiked in the snow a friend and I could not stop laughing. We were slipping and sliding all over lol Your hikes are a lot prettier than mine! Hope you are feeling good :) I'll stop by soon!

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  24. I haven't fallen on trails or running for that matter but I am probably overly cautious. No humidity or bugs here in Paris, I had enough of that growing up in Maine. I would like a bit more summer like weather. Ot has been overcast now for 2 months !
    What run / walk intervals are you using now ?

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    1. I would love no humidity or bugs. Way too much of it here...
      We went through a very dreary rainy May, it does get to after a while.
      I am using 3 x 1 in the heat and I feel pretty good. I will stick with it for awhile, since the heat won't break anytime soon. It seems my pace is a little speedier with 4 x 1 but my goal right now is to ease up.

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  25. I am very clumsy. I have fallen during 2 races. I have also fallen on a trail. I don't run on them often but I like them.

    Your kitty is so cute. If I fostered any cats, I'd keep them all.

    I have mowed the lawn but not lately. Not much exercise since we have a rider.

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    1. We use to have a rider, it does steal the exercise part of the job lol
      I have a huge fear of falling on pavement.

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  26. What a lovely spot to run! Yes, all trail runners fall. It's part of the sport. I am particularly talented at tripping followed by 5 steps of almost falling. I think I do that at least once a mile!

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    1. Ha! I do that move too :) Gives your heart a nice little spike lol

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  27. Oh no I'm so glad you took a graceful fall! You know I did the single track bike trails near me a time or two, they are hard as hell and yea I was slow and had to walk some but many what a great workout! I'm gonna get back to doing them after the snakes go in! I'm sure I'll be due for a fall the next time I go! Thanks Karen for linking up!

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    1. Oh, the snakes stink! I mostly see Black snakes, but I always worry about the copperheads. Your area is tough for snakes...I'd wait too!

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