Yesterday we did our first trail race, the Dogwood Canyon (http://www.dogwoodcanyon.org) 15k trail
run. There was also 25
and 50k option for those more ambitious.
Trail racing is a lot more exciting than road
racing. But more challenging and slower
going. In fact it was quite grueling at
times and required some "hiking." It
reminded me of cross country but rougher.
I averaged 11 minute miles which is way
slower than my average, even for a nine
I also got stung by a some kind of bee about
halfway through. Naturally it was right in my
arm pit where I continued to sweat into the
wound for 5 miles. I also saw a huge, at
least 10-12 point buck cross the
trail. Biggest white tailed deer I have ever
Other than the bee sting we all finished
unharmed, collected our fancy
finishers medals and enjoyed a free hot lunch.
I ended up 6/31 in my age group. I thought
that was pretty good for a first trail run.
I've already signed up for another one next
month. And I think we will plan on returning
to Dogwood next year as well.