Long time no talk!!
Sorry about that.
I was planning on blogging while on vacay, but you know how that goes…
However, I had AN AMAZING time!
And, I learned a few things about trail running in the mountains…
1. Lower your expectations. Running at high altitudes decreases the amount of oxygen getting to the muscles. A low atmospheric pressure in the thin air makes the blood less oxygen-rich as it travels to the muscles. Translation: it is hard. I had crazy expectations that I would be running every day and would do like 20 miles while on vacation. That. Didn’t. Happen.
2. Be prepared to get dirty. So, mountains have these things called rocks on them, and dirt- lots and lots of dirt… you are gonna get dirty, you are gonna get rocks in your shoes, gnats are gonna annoy you and mosquitoes are gonna bite you- so just get used to it.
3. Say no to skin cancer. As you may or may not be aware, the higher up you go, the closer you are to the sun… which means you are MUCH more likely to get sunburned (especially if you are
albino fair-skinned like me). Wear a hat and cake on that sunscreen, yo.
4. Get lost. Yup, I got lost.. a few times actually. However, my MapMyRun app saved my hide and helped me find my way back. Take my advice- start it before you leave so it can track your location for you and help you if you too get lost.
5. The signs are not everywhere. Most trails are clearly marked, but the one I was running on WAS NOT. It is very easy to miss the trail markers a venture off into the distance… so pay attention.
6. Stop and enjoy the scenery. Dude, the mountains are beautiful! Don’t be afraid to take some pictures and enjoy the view.
Check out a few of my pictures…
How has your week been going so far?
Did you miss me?
Have you been trail running before?