The so called “experts” told us we would have a steamy hot summer and fall this year and it seems they may be on to something (sure, now they get it right). With that comes a reminder to be sure to plan for your runs so you don’t run out of fluids. At best running out of water makes your run a miserable experience that no one wants to repeat. At worst it becomes a very dangerous medical situation. We are simply asking that you plan, carry water, and look out for each other on the trails especially during races when we push ourselves to our limits.
I write this waiting for a plane to depart for Ireland where Sheila and I will be racing mountains, climbing the highest peak in Ireland, having a few too many celebratory drinks and in general adventuring in parts unknown. This got me to thinking about adventures, races, and the challenges we all put ourselves through as trail runners and I wanted to take a minute to throw a bit of caution your way.
Our waiver states “trail running is inherently dangerous.” This has become somewhat of a catch all joke on our group runs, but the fact of the matter is that it is true. Many of you have begun to step up to the ultra distances for racing, many others are joining Ben in his love for mountain running, and still more are taking on challenges that only they know about. What we ask of you is to know what you are getting yourself in to. Do not push to far for that facebook or blog post. Don’t stand to close to the edge to grab that selfie. Know your limits, and by all means push them, but don’t get yourself in a situation that you cannot get yourself out of.
Time on the trails and in the mountains is a time to enjoy nature, find out who you are and then come home a different person than when you went out. It’s not a time for panic or learning on the fly. The trails and mountains will always be there for you. Gain experience with your adventures, not rescue operations.
We offer group runs every week and many of the folks at these runs are experiences ultra and mountain athletes but they all have one thing in common. We started on trails, learned how to go long or high, and then moved up.
In the end all I really ask is that you enjoy the trails and make sure you will be able to come back and visit them again!
Eric and the #Trailsroc Crew
-TRAIL NEWS –
Group Runs: Always fun – Always free!
Tuesday Trail Trots – 6:00PM. An easy 4-5 miles. You should be able to run 4-5 miles consistently and we will lead you through the parks. We always have at least 2 pace groups available. Check our website for more details.
Wednesday Morning Runs- 6:00AM. We will post the schedule on our facebook page each week and the website is updated as we go.
SAS – Slow and Steady – These runs are on Sundays and are for those who are just learning to run. We go, as the name says, Slow and Steady. Check the website for times and updates.
If you are new to group runs we have some group run etiquette pointers below for you.
- Show up for group runs a few minutes early to make sure that the waiver is signed. Please be considerate of other runners, get there a few minutes early and come right over to sign the waiver. We start our runs on time so plan for this.
- If you are at a group run, you are not at a race or workout. We typically do not push the pace on our group runs because they are designed to be casual groups where we talk, laugh and hang out. Please do not push the pace. Stay behind the group leader and enjoy the run.
- Mud. First, it’s really important to go through mud, not around it. Going around widens the trail and does damage to plants on the sides of the trail. Second, if the trail is particularly muddy, stay off it. Running through too much mud can cause irreparable damage.
Please join us for our upcoming trail work days–you use ’em, so help us to build/clean them up (and get in some nice cross training in the process!).
Right of way. Trails are multi-use and it is unlikely you will be out and see no one else. Bikers should yield to hikers and runners (although you should be cautious if you see them approaching because if they don’t know this you could get hurt if you assume they are going to stop for you). Everyone yields to horses. People going uphill have the right of way. If someone needs to pass you, just politely step out of the way If you are passing someone, give the person a heads up by letting them know you are passing (and passing is typically done on the left).
Be safe! For lots of safety tips, you can check our previous posts When you leave your car, don’t leave anything visible. Try not to wear headphones or if you do, keep the volume down low so you can hear people trying to pass you and be more aware of your surroundings. Run with someone or at the very least tell someone where you’ll be and what your general planned route is. If you don’t have it, downloading our app isn’t a bad idea–if you get lost on a local trail, it could help you to navigate your way out.
Four legged friends. If you bring your dog to a group run, please either keep it leashed or have it on voice control. Each park has leash laws that we must follow. Be respectful of people who don’t like dogs, are allergic to them, or are even scared of them. Also please remember a bag to clean up after Fido!
O SPF: Perhaps the hardest 1/2 marathon in the region we are happy to bring back for a 4th year, the 0SPF – Registration is sold out – but the wait list is open here . This race is a fundraiser for both the Crescent Trail Association and the Victor Hiking Trails as well as the Valentown Historical Society. Join us on some of the best single track, most challenging climbs, beautiful scenery in the area as well as stepping onto the high point of Monroe County!
Mighty Mosquito Trail Relay and Ultra : In August, The Mighty Mosquito is simple really – 30 Teams of 6 runners (or a limited few solo runners) will tackle a 3 loop course with each runner running each loop once. You will run trails the entire time -You will camp with your friends -You will listen to great music -We are planning on a showing of a trail running film festival at night -You will have as much fun as you have had at any relay before -Teams are already registering so don’t get closed out!!!!!!
Registration is open at http://www.trailsroc.org/relay/
#TrailsRoc: The App: Updates coming soon! Stay tuned!
Know a good trail that is not in our database? Send us your GPX data and allow others to share that trail with you. Contact TrailsRoc@Gmail.com with GPX or comments.
June / July Runner Spotlight
Barbara McCloud and Serafina Chinappi
Running an ultra is only possible with the help of family, friends and loved ones, of who I am eternally grateful for. You helped me achieve this crazy dream. I cannot imagine doing this race without my family and friends pushing me, Serafina and the help of #TrailsROC.
Training for an April race this past winter was no easy task, despite this being one of Rochester’s better winters. Trying to find hills also became another hurdle. Having races like Winter Trail Fest, groups like Tuesday Trail Trots and Slow and Steady were tremendously helpful in keeping us motivated. Being this was my first ultra, I had so many questions. (What is a drop bag? Elevation gain? Technical trail- are you speaking Greek?) 100% uncharted territory but surrounding yourself with more experienced runners, you get to learn from their struggles and successes.
The Gorge 50k was more beautiful than the film festival could ever show. Everything was green, perfect weather, waterfall after waterfall and gorgeous overlooks (the one con- they ran out of beer when we were done). At the beginning I was beating myself down (just like I did on our runs) thinking “this was impossible, we couldn’t make the cut offs, I am going so slow.” My lady cheered me up saying we were going to make it and kept me going when I was hitting these lows. Your crew and running partners are so essential and can be that beacon or spark when your light is running low. It was an unbelievable vacation to a place I never been, run an incredible race and to celebrate my 28th birthday all with the person I love. Now we are looking for a 50 miler for next year.
Thank you again #TrailsRoc peeps for cheering us on. Rochester is lucky to have you.
-Serafina and Barb
-The Colonels Corner
It’s shaping up to be a very busy, and very warm summer. Good for trail running and good for the community. We have some extremely fun events with the SPF trail half marathon and the MM 99 relay. Hopefully you will have as much fun participating in these events as much as we enjoy putting them on. There are so many choices, especially this summer, that it is very encouraging that our events are still at the front of your schedules. As always, thank you. See you very soon.