This is an old post that I didn’t publish, I am getting caught up on my runs because I want to be sure I have them all documented ;-)…. crazy..? maybe.
This summer has gotten off to a bit of a rocky start for me, but I am trying to rally up and keep moving. I hurt my back the week prior to us taking off on vacation. Airplane seats + hurt back = pain. This is the second time I have hurt my back and it is taking awhile to heal up. After a visit to the chiropractor, I felt good enough to run, and by the time I returned from vacation I was back to the gym doing modified workouts. It seemed like I was healing up well, so I decided to run the Mildred Kanipe 9k Trail Dash this weekend.
I ran the Mildred Kanipe trail dash in 2013 and it was quite the experience, I actually got lost! Not just a little lost, I was actually scared. I felt pretty confident this year, a little stiff from my injury and the workout the day prior but good enough to run. Things were going well until about the 3.5 mile marker when I tripped on a tree stump and bit the dust… literally. My mouth was full of dirt, thank goodness I wasn’t hurt and finished the race, still 2nd place in my age group 42:22 for the 9k. That said, my wrist is swollen and palm is bruised pretty badly from the fall.
This picture up close shows dirt in my teeth!
My family had a good run as well, they all ran the 5k and finished injury free.
This run was truly for a good cause. The park land was donated with the buildings and is a piece of history for Oregon and Douglas County, the race raises money for the Friends of Mildred Kanipe which is used to restore the historical land markers, and preserve the property. The park is based on a trail system for horses, running, biking and hiking, it is also a wildlife preserve housing cattle and several peacocks.
Next on my agenda, is to heal up my wrist, rest my legs and back and then get a game plan for my next race… a plan that does not land me on a dirt trail face first!
Do you ever run trails? Can you share any tips on how to avoid falling and keep steady footing on the downhill portions?