I am pretty fearless. But one of my biggest fears, in trail running, is getting hurt and being all by myself--which is how I run most of my trail runs, just for the simple fact of where I live.
I've run in the daylight and at night by myself in various state parks close to me, and it's never really bothered me. But these places were much closer to population. Both parks I run in, it's not that far to the nearest road. But this area in Virginia is far more remote.
That is what kept me from going on. I tried hard to convince myself, in the last two miles of Loop One. But ultimately, I just didn't want to . That alone factor did me in.
Now I did run a night loop alone at TWOT last winter, but Slim was also on the course, we crossed paths (we were running opposite directions) and he was waiting for me to run Loop 3, so that was entirely different.
I will say this solo attempt was not my wisest decision, perhaps I would have been better off with the solo attempt at Mohican instead of Virginia, but I had the free four weekend, so I thought, why not?
So concludes my official running season of 2012. It was a little strange and different, with the Hardrock trip and attempt.
Hardrock is not on the calendar for 2013, as I am not entering the lottery (I promised my husband I would not--yes it IS killing me...).
"If you always do what you have always done, you'll always get what you always got"
I am looking forward to improving as a runner for 2013. Doing things a bit differently I hope. MMT is going to be my "A" Race for 2013. Do things a bit different, so I change up-speed up!-the results for 2013!