Today, I bought trail shoes and ran in them on a trail!
I went to REI today and had turrrrrible customer service in the shoe department. The woman knew virtually nothing about shoes. It was peculiar. I headed up to Transports on Solano Ave. (for my Bay Area buddies) and had a much better experience. I tried on a few pairs and felt great in the Kinvara Progrid TR. In a moment of uncharacteristic retail spontaneity, I bought them on the spot. No obsessing over reviews or online price comparisons. I was pleased with them but they’re not the cutest. All good. A sign of running maturity, I suppose. 😀
For my first trail run evah, I went to Tilden Regional Park. It’s ginormous and I hadn’t been there since I was a child. I drove into the “nature area”, found a parking spot and a trail and ran.
Smart Things I Did:
* Chose a trail near a road. It turned out to be a short loop. Since I could hear other people nearby, I chose to run it a second time rather than venturing further away.
* Wore trail shoes. I always felt secure and never worried about slipping on leaves, wooden stairs, or anything unstable.
* Ran without music. I didn’t want to compromise my awareness of animals or other folks. Not gonna lie, hearing but not seeing creatures was unnerving.
* Texted my location and anticipated return time to my beloved. Texted him when I finished the run to confirm that all was well.
Stupid Things I Did: (This list is considerably longer)
Any advice for a noobie trail runner? How do you stay safe out in the wilderness?