The Jayhawk enjoying the view at Cloudland Canyon.The race is the inaugural Troop Trot 39k and 10k. We are doing the 10k option, because a 39k in the July Georgia heat sounded like
Look at all those things for me to trip on.I'm a little nervous for the race, not because of the distance, but rather because of the trail itself. Don't get me wrong. I enjoy trail running and partake in it a few times every month. Being outside, the fresh air, escaping the city. All great things. But, you see, I'm kind of a klutz. The other day on my long run, I managed to clip a palm tree and returned home to find blood dripping down my arm. I've also been known to fall off the treadmill (Don't ask). So trail running, especially racing and trying to go 'fast', introduces a whole host of new dangers for me. I will spend the whole race looking down at the trail so that I don't fall. So, to put it nicely, this race won't be done for speed.
Moments like this are why I like trail running.On top of that, I am not really a fan of snakes and there seems to be a lot of them here in the south. It's not that I am scared of wildlife by any means, I grew up in Maine. It's just that in the north, we are used to our dangerous creatures being large and easy to see. If a moose or bear is going to hurt you, you are going to see it coming. We don't worry about stepping on potentially lethal reptiles while out on a happy trot through the woods. For this reason alone, I will never win a trail race in the south. I always make sure someone in front of me to flush out the potentially fatal wildlife.
So in honor of my occasional challenges with coordination, I'm keep the bar low for the race.
- Finish unharmed, in one piece, and still in working order (this does not include scrapes, bug bites, other small flesh wounds).
- Do not get lost.
- Do not step on a snake and/or get bitten by one.
- Have fun.