February 12, 2005
The weather continues to be pretty wet, and wet makes for difficult cross-country running. At this point in my running career, however, I have lots of experience in muddy trail running, especially a couple of Way Too Cools, where I have practically skied on mud.
There are a couple of trouble spots today. I would define a trouble spot as a deep puddle with mud underneath. If I step into a puddle, I often feel that it should be a better surface than the slippery muddy area around it. This is not always the case. Twice today, I step into a trouble spot and almost lose my shoe.
My inherent advantage is that I ALWAYS double-knot my shoelaces. I know from walking around that your shoelaces can undo themselves without too much doing on your part. Too much shaking around, too much whatever. Double-knotted shoes do not come untied. Double-knotted shoes also tend to hold your feet in the shoes. In a shoe-sucking puddle, your foot really wants to exit the shoe and leave said shoe stuck in the mud. Mine ALMOST came off anyway!
The first loop was 22:40 (a slower result than normal), and the second loop was 40:54 (also pretty slow). There are fewer runners than usual because of the weather and muddy surface, so I get a tile in both races, but no Adventure tile (combined time result) because the folks that like to run both races will come out and run no matter the weather.