Tonight I tackle my first ever trail run and — truth be told — I’m a little bit nervous. It’s a 6km run along the Blue Lagoon in Durban, but it’s not the length or the location (or even the route) that concerns me — I think it’s the unknown that’s getting to me. It’s just in my head. It’s all I can think about.
Will my legs hold out? Will I slip and fall? Will I trip? Will I get eaten by a crocodile, snake, or (thanks to regular trail running friend Michelle) attacked by a hobo?
So what did I do? I Googled, of course. Isn’t that what everyone does, all the time, about everything? Of course it is. And what did I stumble on? Something cool, that’s what.
Endurance Buzz is all about trail and endurance running. This particular piece was quirky, and that’s what I liked about it. But it also made a lot of sense to me. Here are some of the things I found:
- Trail Language
goo-shob = A runner’s attempt to say “good job” to their fellow runner after hours, and hours, and hours of running.
digger = tripped on a rock or root and fell to the loving earth. Usually includes some dirt and blood.
sh*t – Often heard after runner hits a rock or root with their little piggies…for the eighth time.
- Bib number placement and meditation
Instead of pinning your bib number on your shirt, you will often see the number pinned on the thigh area of the shorts.
What gets real interesting is the number preparation…or number meditation. You will see runners get into this zen-like state as they fold all the sides of their bib so you see only the number. I am amazed at how small some people are able to get their bib.
- “Tell me about yourself”
A roadie may be used to the focused stare, head forward, hit my splits attitude. In the early miles of a trail run, there will be all kinds of chatter. You may even have someone you don’t know just start talking with you. Don’t be surprised or frightened…this is trail running.
Check out the other tips by clicking here: 17 Tips Every Runner Should Know Before Their First Trail Race.