Things I am learning:
Trail running continues to be AWESOME! Trail buddy & I have been setting one day a week aside for all day adventures...it is Just so much fun! We hardly notice that 3 or 4 hours passes by....except when one of us realizes we need to get OUT by a certain time and we have to figure out how....it is comical really! We still use the tracking programs. So far logyourrun & mapmyrun seem to be the most accurate. I did try alltrails & it is a fantastic app because it not only tracks your run in real time so you can see your route on a satellite map, but you can take photos, drop a pin at their location, and add text so that your run/route tells a story. My only complaint is that it dropped signal once and lost part of our route. I'm going to give it another chance though because I'm not sure if the problem was the program or the low battery issue we were having. This is strictly route tracking though. No pace or mile splits, though it does place mile markers and tracks total time and distance. I still run my garmin no matter what, but it's mileage is always, always lower. Like a mile or two lower. Part of it is the auto-pause function that I use, but even when I didn't have it set like that, it still tracked lower. Not sure why the great discrepancy between programs?
We were having battery life issues on our iPhones until I complained to SD about this & he informed me that turning off the wireless and turning off the screen would solve this. Holy,moly, this works!!!! Went from dead battery inside 4 hours to 65% left! Clearly I am not the tech savvy one in this operation!
We have learned the hard way that falling is part of trail running. You can be careful as careful can be and still go down. I have fallen and had many close calls. Trail buddy fell 3 times yesterday, and the prickly bushes scratch us every time. I carry a first aid kit in my pack. We are considering helmets ;-D
Following mountain bike tracks leads to the best trails! Not kidding. They build bridges across boggy areas and streams and tend to mark their trails with brightly colored tags. Pink and black striped trail marker biker, you are our favourite! I almost feel like I should leave a thank you note tacked to a tree! In lieu of that, yesterday we cleared a bunch of branches off the trails that had fallen in a recent storm as we ran along.
|Looks tiny, carries TONS!|
We are getting possessive about "our trails" now. Yesterday, we were posatively indignant that another runner appeared on the far side of "our lake" where we have lunch and we had to look for another place for a potty break afterwards!
I bought a pair of Brooks Pure Grit trail shoes at the recommendation of the owner of the running store I go to and after muddying them up and thoroughly trail testing them, my opinion is that they are awesome! According to a recent Runners World article, they are considered a hybrid trail shoe, that is they can cross to road or gravel well. I have not done this but its nice to know i can if need be. They have a sturdy lugged sole and the same feel as my pure flows, which is nice in that I don't notice a markedly different feel to my running in this shoe. But it does have some nice features like a reinforced toe and water seems to drain quickly from the shoe. The fabric of the shoe and toe is tough. I can't count how many times I have caught my toe on a rock and stumbled and it is intact. No rips or damage that I can see.
I have purchased a set of Dirty Girl Gaiters but haven't tried them yet. I am hoping they cut down on the debris collecting on my socks and in my shoes. I'll review those once I've tried them out a few times.
We are getting somewhat better at navigating. There is hope ;-)
While on vacation, we discovered running mecca: Gigantic Nike store in Caesar's palace...we were like kids in a candy store. Thing 1 got this great shirt:
|In the Nike store...love it!|