6'0 tall, former athlete, mother of 3, struggling to keep up on the RUN of daily life.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Cougar Mountain Trail Run

On Friday Zoe and Kerrie put a note out that they would be doing on trail run on Saturday with the High Heel Running Group HERE. My hubby and boys were sick so I knew that a family run was out, so I texted and we had a plan. We all met a Cougar Mountain, about an hour or more drive form my house. There was a group of about 10 people with various paces. I had no clue what pace I would be, this was my first trail run. We hike often and I spent a lot of my childhood in the woods, but trail running is a new animal. The three of us settled in behind Megan, the group leader. The FAST ladies went on ahead. I was glad to be in the back because wow the HILLS!! I could hardly catch my breath on a few of them.


-I don't like getting my feet muddy so I avoided the puddles
-My neck was killing me from looking down
-The air was fresh
-I loved being in the woods but wish I could have looked around more
-I am SLOW on the hills
-I was in a constant state of worry that I would trip.
-I have crazy respect for people who run for miles and miles on trails it is a KILLER WORKOUT!!
We survived and got a little muddy.. Thanks to the High Heel Running group for showing us around.. After Zoe and I found a little drive-through coffee place and started to warm up with her heated seats.. We all texted how totally wiped we were after the run. I didn't leave the coach the rest of the day Saturday or at all on Sunday..
I give my first trail run two thumbs up, but I doubt I will be going back every week, I am still recovering.. 7 miles on the road is doable, on trails?? WOWZERS!!

  • Tell me about your first trail run.

  • What is the longest distance you have run on trails??


Indi said...

Welcome to Trail Running!! You are right it's a killer workout and you use muscles that road running never does! As tough as it was the first time i ran a trail race I totally fell in love! And now I leave paved roads behind for the bliss of trails even if it means trapezing in the mud :)

TNTcoach Ken said...

I hope the coach appreciated you not leaving him the rest of the day! LMAO...... U must have been wiped out.

abbi said...

Trails are definitely a different animal but for that reason and the fact that I'm not very good on them - I love it and keep doing more and more!

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Glad you got out there and tried the wild woods out. It's not everyone's cup of tea (mud) but it can be enjoyed in small doses. ;-)

Longest trail run? 55 miles but you might have known that already. I only bragged about it for a month. First one? Can't even remember waaay too long ago.

Shellyrm ~ just a country runner said...

Hope the boys are feeling better!

~K~ said...

I ran on trails a couple times by myself while camping last year, but Saturday was my first trail race - a 10k. I am with you on the MUD! This trail race was VERY muddy..and I thought it was a little amusing that I would volunteer to run a trail race knowing I don't like to get dirty! My shoes will never be the same. Our course had some crazy hills, but even though they make me slower, I kinda like hills compared to a flat course. Just not when I'm trying to PR! ;-)

Anonymous said...

Trail running is AWESOME! I like it so much more than roads, and I miss it around here in the winter when most of the runnable trails are converted to cross-country skiing. (For that and that along spring can't come soon enough.)

The longest trail runs I have done have been half marathons. The hardest, best, and most rewarding BY FAR was the Pikes Peak Half Marathon Ascent I did last year - 13.1 miles up the side of a mountain from about 6,000 feet to over 14,000 feet. Needless to say there was a lot of walking on that one. My post about that is the first blog entry I ever wrote. It's linked from my blog - http://talesfromanaveragerunner.blogspot.com/2011/09/moving-mountains.html - as well as the Pikes Peak site. Fun, fun, fun!

Ricole said...

That is so awesome! Way to go! I want to go next time. I wish it wasn't so far away, I've never ran at Cougar Mtn but really want to!

Elizabeth said...

Way to go on your trail run! It definitely is another beast! Cougar Mountain is on my to do list - hopefully soon. My first trail run was last spring - I ran with my running partner - we got lost, really dirty, tripped a couple of times, but had a blast. I'd love to do trails again. Maybe in the near future!

Lisa said...

This is the first time I've seen your blog redesign... I love it!

I definitely have a lot of respect for trail runners... it's hard work! I think my longest trail run was a 20k last summer. Hills are tough because on one hand there's the steep inclines. Then on the way down I'm too timid and worried about falling that I can't take advantage of the downhill momentum to really fly.

Marlene said...

Trails are a whole different game for sure! Good for you ladies trying something new! I always enjoy it when I hit the trails (not often) but I'm also terrified of falling!