Today, I participated in my first Kennekuk Road Runners Trail Run at Kennekuk Cove Park near Danville. The event was called the Fat Ass. The run was broken into lengths... where the Fat Ass was 28.4 miles, Large ass 21.3, Medium 14.2 and Small 7.1 miles. There was also a Baby Ass that was 3.29.
This week was an emotionally heavy week. So I decided this a.m. that I was going to do the Small instead of the Baby. I needed time out and about. I had figured out through other race fliers that headphones are not approved at KRR races due to liability, so I was a little bummed about that -- until I got out there.
In the first two miles I learned lots of new things.
1) Pilates is not needed in your workout routine if you do trail running. The hills are steep and twisty at Lake Mingo and in snow and mud you are often required to use your core to stabilize when your feet slip out from underneath you as you wind through the woods. You also use your upper body to pull yourself up hills via trees or sometimes tree roots depending on the steep and muddy ups and downs.
2) Trail running shoes might be helpful. So, you might want to heed advise from the expert runners passing you by and be budgeting for those soon.
3) You don't need music because your brain won't hear it anyway. It's too busy trying not to fall off of narrow wooden bridges or planks into the icy waterways below.
4) You don't find it weird when it's just you and an ice fisherman on the path.
5) Trail running requires not just endurance but a fair amount of agility and balance.
6) If someone doesn't say good morning, it's not that they're rude... it's that they're doing the actual FAT ASS and are down to a t-shirt and shorts from the 21 extra miles they're doing that day and don't even register that you're speaking anything but Klingon.
7) Sometimes you use your ass (no matter which one you're running) to safely get down hills by sliding on the snow on your butt.
8) It's always a good idea to bring a complete set of dry clothes with you to change into after the race.
9) Screw speed. The goal is to finish -- alive, without breaking an ankle.
10) No wimps. No bitching. Beer is good. -- These are my kind of people. I hope to partake in the festivities next time!