I ran my first trail run on Friday. I went up to Mt. Airy in Cincinnati and found that there were actually a LOT of trails. Also, I looked online for recent trail races up there and printed off one of their online maps. I had a few difficulties but eventually it got a little easier. So...
New Discoveries and Lessons Learned...
1) Shoes! Trails will make you roll your ankles a lot more than expected.
~ Lesson learned: You DO need the correct type of shoes to keep your ankles stable. However, since I expect this to be my first and last trail marathon I'm sticking with my road kicks and hoping for the best
2) Hills! They are not the same as road races. Downhills aren't as pleasant because you're hoping not to run OFF the windy trail and uphils can be brutal!
~Lesson Learned: You WILL go slower and will have to take more care to watch your step on the downhills!
3) Footing! Since I will not be wearing stable shoes and I like to fly down hills, my footing will not be too secure. I'm sure to fall at least once!
~Lesson Learned: Keep my hands FREE! I plan on purchasing some sort of fuel belt like the one pictured. I'll have on me: GU, Sports Beans, Water bottle, IPod, possibly...
~Lesson Learned: an ankle wrap! Since I know my ankles are weak and I don't have the proper support I may carry on me a small ankle wrap just in case anything should happen mid trail.
4) Trail Size! This race will be run on a single track trail there is very little room for people to move around each other.
~Lesson Learned: DONT wear an iPod, or if I Must (which I do) keep the volume low enough to hear someone approaching!
That is all for now... Happy TRAIL Running!