Today is Wednesday Word link up day, hosted by Debbie over at Deb Runs. Each week Debbie provides a word prompt for us to write about. This week’s word is cautious. Click on the link up button below to see who else is joining in on this week’s link up.
I started exploring trail running after my first marathon, in an effort to branch out from roads. As someone who manages to trip on smooth, flat surfaces, trail running has been pretty precarious for me. I have to be cautious as I go, in an attempt to stay upright. More often that not, I fall. But nine times out of ten only my ego is bruised.
That one other time out of ten can lead to a bit of blood, but at least I haven’t needed stitches yet! This past spring I delved more heavily into trail races and signed up for the Roanoke Non-Ultra Trail series, which went from January through the end of May. I ran five of the six races, and ran in all types of weather conditions. We had frigid, single digit temperatures, 18 inches of snow, ankle deep mud, and humidity. But you know what the constant was? Rooty, rocky trails bent on taking me down.
As the spring went on, I got stronger and learned how better to stay on my feet. Naturally, that all went out the window during Ragnar Trail Appalachians. But those trails were more than muddy, they were a disaster.
Overall, trail running has taught me how to be a more cautious, careful, and able runner.
What experiences in life have taught you how to be cautious? What has taught you to be more cautious? Running, in general, has taught me to be more aware of my surroundings.
P.S. Happy Birthday to my dear husband, Barry!! He doesn’t like a lot of fanfare, so I don’t get to do a whole post for him. This is the most he will allow on social media 🙂