I have a fitness confession to make – it has been three months, one week and two days since my last organized race. I know, I know – it’s a total running sin, but as the seasons began to change, from spring to summer, so did my workout devotion. I slowly replaced my sneakers with flip-flops, and mentally I checked out of the routine and onto a sandy beach, or two…or ten. So, what better time to get back into my running shoes than now, with it being the first day of fall today!
One of the last races I ran with the Runit crew, before my running hiatus, was the Summer Solstice Trail Race and the Race Of The Month for June, that I was also able to do a write-up for. I had mentioned in the blogpost that my back was suffering from an increase in road races, but after participating in the Solstice race I noticed that my back tension was non-existent, so this season I will be hitting the trails more!
I have been doing my homework and chatting initially with some friends about trails to run, what equipment to have and how the overall vibe is during races. One day it dawned on me to invite these friends together and go on a group run. Not only is it very important to run together for safety reasons, but it is also a great way for me to learn from the more experienced trail runners.
Some of the Runitlikeamom pals that are joining in have already written about their trail run experiences in past blogposts that I have bookmarked and reference from. Patty had completed the Traprock 17K trail race, last year, and posted a great Race Of The Month recap of her experience! And Liz recently posted about her Penwood State Park trail run that also inspired me to round up the trailblazing group!
Here are some things that I have been doing to prepare for the new and exciting running season:
Items for tomorrow:
- Water bottle
- Headlamp (since we are running in the evening)
- Phone and armband holder with a map of our run that another fellow group member and avid Runitlikeadad sent out (thanks Gary!)
- Headphones (can’t forget those)
- Bug spray
- First Aid Kit (just in case)
Is there anything else I should bring?
I haven’t purchased any shoes yet. I thought to ask the group’s consensus for the best type of sneaker to buy. I also wanted to see what cool kicks some of the other experienced trail runners will be wearing. Do you have a trail type of sneaker to recommend?
I’m so pumped and really nervous at the same time, for tomorrow. I can’t wait to get out there and learn how to become a trailblazer! I’m starting to seriously look into trail runs for October and beyond. Are there any trail races that you all can recommend? Please let me know your recommendations and thoughts, I would love to hear them!
Thank you and happy trails!
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