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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Shoe Sucking Mud


I went out for a 12 mile trail run at Salt Fork State Park this morning. It was a beautiful morning, about 70 degrees. I got to Salt Fork at 8am, nobody around but the fishermen. I started out on the 'orange loop' trail which the map advertised as 12.5 miles. A good horse trail, except for the shoe sucking mud!

I hit this first patch about 1/2 hour into the run. I was trying to pick my way through this patch, when wham!!! My shoe sank and my foot came right out of it! I yelled "oh shit" and as my momentum kept going, I lost the other shoe to the mud! Now I am standing in ankle deep mud, in my socks, looking at my shoes behind me!
I just started laughing, it was so funny. I plucked my shoes out of the mud, then had to find a spot at the side of the trail to get them back on my feet. I looked at my total muddy socks. There was nothing to wipe them off on. So I just put my shoes back on and hoped for the best! And they were fine, no blisters, nothing. This was a nice trail to run on, besides the mud. This was a little waterfall I encountered.
BUT I would have to say this was nowhere near 12 miles. I finished up in 1 hour 57 minutes. My Garmin said 5.8 miles, which I also figure is inaccurate due to all the tree cover. So I am guessing maybe 8 miles.

This leaves me far shorter than I planned for the weekend, but I will take it.

I did another ice bath after I got home. Ice bath rocks! (Well, after the firs 30 seconds, they do!)

4 comments:

  1. even if it was 8 instead of 12...you had two strong back-to-back runs this weekend. you are going to have a great mohican experience. i just know it!

    i am going to have to try the ice bath.

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  2. I had to laugh on the shoe-sucking thing:) I had those experiences, once at a race too, and it is distracting yet really funky! Horse trails are always the worst!

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  3. 8 or 12, its all about your effort. Sounds like you had a great running weekend! Funny about the shoe in the mud. :)

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  4. oh man that was funny :) I'm worried about the mud at S&S - mud doesn't exist in AZ!

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