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In other news, this morning I hit the trails! I don't know why but every time someone has mentioned trails to me in the past I had almost no interest. Maybe I just didn't want to get my running shoes dirty...
I met my training group this morning bright and early at Stone Mountain and hit the trail. The funny thing is I run almost exclusively at Stone Mountain and have for about five years now. I see the trails when I run past the entrances on the pavement but have never ventured off-road. We finally got a blast of winter weather this weekend. It was maybe upper 20s when we headed out and there were patches of ice on the rocks from the rain yesterday.
I had heard that your pace in trail running is generally a good bit slower than on the road and I immediately found this to be true. Lots of roots to step around as well as rocks, trees and other things on the trail. Maybe it was because it was my first time running trails but I felt like I was constantly looking down trying not to trip and fall. Apparently I wasn't looking good enough because I tripped and fell within the first mile. It was one of those moments where you think you can save it but the next thing you know you are down. I hopped back up quickly and kept going hoping no one noticed. The lesson learned there is you really need to pick your feet up a bit more on the trails - shuffling your feet will lead to a face plant in the dirt :) After that I felt like I got warmed up and really started to enjoy the run. Almost like falling the first time on the bike while you are still clipped in. Once it happens, you are over it and don't fear it so much anymore.
We went up and down hills, across rocks and streams. A couple of sections where you go up and across part of the mountain had quite a few icy patches. (Stone Mountain is just a big exposed granite mountain - ice + granite = slippery). We tried to head up but were having trouble finding sections that weren't iced over so ended up heading down another trail as a Plan B. We eventually made our way back to the wooded part of the trail and to the cars after almost 90 minutes for a total of 5.5 miles.
I really loved that run and can't wait to do it again! I definitely see more trail running in my future. The best part is that it is practically in my own backyard so I can do it any time. I am only sad that I did not venture out of my comfort zone and try it a little sooner.