DANCES WITH DIRT - 10K - Trail Race
2x1mi. On grass WU - testing out the traction on the old Brooks Ghost 4 in the mud/grass
First trail race - What a race to pick! This was extremely hard, but fun. There were several "hill" climbs that were not possible to run up - walking pace had me gasping for air and my hamstrings almost locking up! There was portion on a steep decline where I got going too fast and tumbled head over feet and crashed pretty hard on to some rocks - ouch! After I shook that off, the course turned right around and went around some trees and climbed back up that hill on the other side of the trees.
At some point in mile 5, I missed a turn and wound up adding about 0.25 miles to the distance. The last 0.25-0.5 mi. was in the water of a creek - probably knee deep in about 3 spots - this helped to wash the blood off my knees :)
Most of the run was through brush and wooded area that was definitely never anything resembling a beaten path. My legs are shredded from all the briars and thorns that I ran through.
Other than the risk of injury, and total thrashing that your legs and back take climbing steep inclines, I would definitely recommend doing one of these type races for all us flatlanders out there.