I convinced Jeff to take the plunge with me and we tried Trail Running this weekend. You know – like this:
Hobbs State Park is Arkansas' largest state park and it's right here in our backyard. After seeing pieces of it this weekend, we're ready to take a day trip there with Colt to do some more exploring. Maybe when it's not so gosh darn hot…
- Running music. The more embarrassing, the better. I'm lookin' at you Britney. I've pretty much had to download an entire new library of iTunes since I started running, because wouldn't you know it but it's tough to run to the beat of George Strait or Johnny Cash.
- There are no heroes on the hills. I ran full speed up the first hill on the trail, passing people left and right. Walkers!? Pansies! My friends, there's a VERY good reason people walk up those hills. Newbie lesson – learned the hard way. (Quick note to self: Run more hills…)
- Pack light. Jeff ran this race with me. A first. Also a first — I didn't have anyone to wrangle my "stuff". That itty bitty pocket in the back of my running shorts is just the right size for our car key and a tube of Chapstick. I compulsively checked every 30 seconds along the trail. Still there. Still there. Yep, still there.
- Shade trees don't block out humidity. Most of the trail was through the trees so it was shady and – dare I say – cooler, but good gracious was it humid.
There was a photographer snapping pictures at the start line, and – though Jeff smoked me by nearly 10 minutes – there is proof that we did actually START the race together.
Since Jeff was running too I didn't have my usual paparazzi at the finish line so a few hazy iPhone pics will have to suffice.
We ran the short race – only 4 miles – so we finished in a weird spot. This was our finish line — the blue flags. Kinda anti-climactic. But we hopped on a shuttle that dropped us back at the start/finish line for the 9mile/25K/50K so we could celebrate with the rest of the finishers as they came across the line. Below: With our finisher medals — clay arrowheads — pretty cool.
I hope you're enjoying these weekend running/race updates as much as I am. I'm trying to ride this exercise wave as far as it will take me. (Let's hope it has enough steam to carry me through an Arkansas summer.)