So let’s talk trail running this afternoon. Curious: are you scared of it? If so, why? Animals, injury, getting lost, falling, something else? And how, if you have, did you overcome your fear?
I love running trails. They’re more scenic. They’re more interesting. In the heat of the summer, they offer welcome shade.
In California, they also offer rattlesnakes, coyotes and mountain lions.
Yeah, I’m not exactly into the wildlife portion of the trail running program.
Every time I run on the trail, I pick up the biggest stick that I can find. While I’m reasonably certain that it wouldn’t actually help me fend off a vicious critter intent on sinking its teeth into my flesh, it makes me feel better. I can’t explain why, but it helps me to run with more confidence. Just try to bite me, beastie. I have a dinky little stick to protect myself.
Dumb? Probably. But half of running is mental, anyway. If that’s what it takes to get me out on the trails, then so be it.
FYI, if you encounter a mountain lion or coyote, the best approach is to seem bigger, badder and louder than the beast. If you spot a rattlesnake, run as fast as your little legs will carry you.
As for getting lost, injury or other scary stuff, that’s why I carry my phone. Granted, AT&T would likely drop the call as I begged for rescue, but it’s better than nothing.
Do you run on trails? What are your biggest trail running fears?