It rained a lot last week. Granted, we needed the rain, but I knew it was going to be muddy on the trails. However, the weather was perfect when we started our descent from the Auburn Dam Overlook or otherwise known as ADO. It was cool and overcast and the rain wasn’t supposed to hit again until 10:00.
I made it a point to prepare in advance for my run this week. After falling twice the previous week, I decided to hit up Sports Authority to see what defensive treasures I could find. I bought some awesome Mizuno volleyball kneepads that conformed snugly around my knee area. I also picked up some fingerless padded gloves. Score! I placed the knee pads over my tights, pulled on the gloves and BAM, I was ready to go.
To continue with my defensive trail running strategy, I always wear bright shirts while trail running. I figure it would be easier for the helicopter to spot your body if you are wearing something bright that will clash with the foliage. Speaking of helicopters, I also signed up with Calstar. It is California Search, Trauma & Rescue. It is $45 for an individual and $50 annually for a family to sign up. If they have to come out and rescue you, then you wouldn’t have to pay for the service if you are a member. Definitely worth every penny.
We ran from ADO to no hands bridge, then up stagecoach trail and back. It was a little over 13.50 hilly muddy miles, but not one fall. I think my knee pads were daring the trails to take me down. I’m glad I didn’t fall, but a little part of me wanted to test my gear out. I did almost get stuck in the mud a few times though. The one thing I do like about my current Sauconey trail shoes is that they don’t let any water or mud into the shoes. My feet were dry even though I splashed through creeks and puddles. That’s great for the winter, but can be uncomfortable in the summer when they don’t breathe and your feet overheat. I still plan on picking up a pair of Pearl Izumi trail shoes when I get a chance. On Sunday, I managed a short 6 mile run on the parkway with no falls. Score: Trail 2, Runner 2. I don’t count the runs on the parkway in my trail scorecard.
I leave you with this quote:
“Knock me down, it’s all in vain. I’ll get right back up on my feet again. Hit me with you best shot.”