I like trail running in the woods. It is different: different mindsets, muscle groups, and definitely different challenges.
On this relative “warm” winter day (temperature reaching 60s Fahrenheit), I took my run into the woods. The rain yesterday disguised the trails with wet leaves and slippery foot falls. Hidden stumps and branches made them more treacherous than what I remembered.
It has been a while since my last trail run. I would guess before my marathon training more than 6 months ago. Scenes looks familiar yet not the same. Landmarks that I used to track my way around are no longer reliable. My mind raced as fast as my feet in each of the encounter.
And sure enough, I got lost on my way back. Luckily it was a trail that I have got lost on before, so I managed to find my way out. Thank goodness. The lessons learned today was not to under estimate the challenge. To enjoy trail running again, I need to work my way back to rebuild my trail fitness.
Ever got lost while running? What was your experience?