Introduction

Hello, thank you for joining me along my journey of becoming a Runner! I've always been an active guy, played sports in high school and continued into adult recreation sports after high school. As I started my family and found a career, the activity level slowly decreased. Well my Fiance had enough of our lazy ways and started on the Weight Watchers program and completely overhauled our daily meals. Step 2 was getting more active, so we decided to JOG our annual Juvenile Diabetes charity walk and actually enjoyed the activity. The month following the charity walk, we signed up for our first official 5K and had an absolute blast. From that point forward I have officially been BIT by the running bug and this is my journey to becoming a RUNNER!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Trail Run Fail

I was pretty excited last Friday; Saturday morning gave me a great opportunity to get in a trail adventure before family events later in the morning.  I jumped online Friday night trying to determine where I was going to run.  One of my typical running locations?  Maybe try a new location? 


I decided to hit a new trail/summit that I have yet to attempt.  I did a whole bunch of research to make sure I knew where I was going and the best route to the trailhead.  Turns out the mountain is about 50 miles northeast of us and has a long section of dirt roads that you have to drive on to get to the trailhead.  A few of the websites I visited had me concerned as it talked about these dirt roads being pretty rough and treacherous while also being in an area that sees little traffic.  I felt a bit better when I read a user comment that they made it just fine in a minivan….we have our truck so I was pretty sure I would be ok since the minivan made the trip.


I woke up early on Saturday, grabbed all my gear, and headed on my way.  I had about 40 min of road/highway driving before I reached the dirt roads leading to the trailhead.  This is where the trail run fail begins.  I had no idea how long I was going to be on this dirt road.  The websites I read said I would be on the dirt road anywhere from 1 hour to 2 hours, but I figured I would make quick work of this road and hit the trail without much delay.  Boy was I wrong!  First, there were a lot of sections that were pretty rough where I was driving about 5 miles per hour.  I could’ve gone faster but I’m sure the suspension on the truck would not have appreciated that.  Second, I got stuck behind a couple different vehicles that were on a Saturday stroll which again had me driving around 5 miles per hour.  Third, this was just a really long dirt road lol.  I cleared the trip counter on my dash and the dirt road was about 20 miles of slow driving, I honestly think I could’ve gotten out and ran faster than I was driving lol.


So in conclusion, I didn’t get my run in and I was pretty mad about that.  This trip turned into a 4 hour scenic drive with no running/hiking….Boooooo!  Don’t get me wrong, the area is gorgeous and there were plenty of scenic pictures to take but I was looking forward to hitting the summit.  The good thing is that now I know where the trailhead is, exactly how to get there, and just how long it will take.  Best part was coming home and telling Mrs. Schlub all about my adventure; she pretty much laughed at me and told me I was a fool for not turning around after an hour on that road LOL.  Oh well, until next time!!



Have you ever had a run fail where you had things all planned out but those plans were a complete disaster?

You do you regularly try new running locations or stick to your well known running routes??

6 comments:

  1. That would be frustrating. I only try new trails with Dave, I am really afraid of getting lost. If I try a new route on the road, I will go alone.

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  2. Hahahaha oh man, I'm sorry but it's a little bit funny ;) I know you must have been super frustrated at the time, but at least you enjoyed some great scenery, explored a new place (even if on four tires instead of two feet) and took some pretty pictures!

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  3. Ha ha! that is funny! sorry, it reminds me of places we've gone here...like the hotspring trip....20+ miles of logging roads then a river to ford, thigh deep water,in mid December? It was great! But yeah, just look at it as an info gathering trip. next time you will nail it!

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  4. Oh my goodness I would be so mad if I drove all that way for nothing. It makes for a great story though, and I'm glad it was at least scenic for the long drive!

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  5. Oh that stinks to drive all that time and not get to run!
    Very pretty area though :)

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  6. Ha ha ha! I hope you get to run the trail next time!

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