September 4, 2012

Trails plus heavy rain equals awesome

While everyone in Birmingham was out at The Color Run on Labor Day, my brother and I decided to hit the red mud at Red Mountain. Sure we didn't have the joy of inhaling colored corn starch, but I'm pretty sure I inhaled a couple of bugs. Bonus. Plus the storms from the night before had knocked down some trees to give us hurdles. Obstacles, red mud, bugs ... it's like we were at the Muddy Scout Camp Color Run. Several times, I almost bit it in the lake-ish mud puddles, which would have required I bust out my inner Phelps.

The weather on the ride over. The guarantee that this will be fun.

Because it was raining heavily and steadily that morning, we pretty much had the place to ourselves. There were several people leaving as we arrived, but by the time we were done, there was only one other car in the parking lot. This also made it the perfect run for my brother's dog Jefferson.

Perfect timing for a rain respite -- at the overlook. 

We ran about 6 miles, and Jefferson ran about 60. For every mile we ran, he circled us about ten times. That dog was all kinds of excited about running in the downpour.

One of the lesser obstacles, tree + vines down from the storm.

Here I am needing to take some facial expressionism courses from my brother. 9/10 on variation and commitment.


If you're looking for a classy, high quality waterproofer for you phone, look no further. Snack size ziplocs are the best. May not hold up on a long run, but perfect for a short trail run. The ziploc bag has saved my phone on more than one occasion when I went swimming face first in a deep, pool-sized mud puddle. Not on purpose. 


The aftereffects of this run included:

1. Happiness


2. Funky knotty dread ponytail. It might have helped if I had brushed my hair before the run.


3. Muddy legs


4. Dog hair on socks. Jefferson likes to run really up close to his friends.


5. More security that the Salomons can hold up to rivers and streams. They didn't retain water like my road shoes did last time we ran long in the rain.


Which firms up my conclusion at the end of my recent long run in the rain. Long runs in the rain are equal to or worse than stabbing yourself in the arm with a sharp pencil (I never exaggerate on this blog). Short runs in the rain are a fun adventure.

22 comments:

  1. I give you credit for going out in that...that's like...really raining, lol. I hate knotty pony tails...it hurts, haha! Hope your dried and relaxed now. :)

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  2. Wow..,that's alot of rain. You and your brother are troopers! Looks fun..,except the dog hair ;)

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  3. This looks like a total blast Lisa. So fun!

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  4. Looks like a party going on in the trails. I love trail running and don't mind a little dirt and mud:)

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  5. This looks like so much fun! I'm dying to run trails. As soon as I'm done with my last half of 2012 I'm going to start running trails at the weekend. Can't wait already. I'm off to the Salomon Trail Tour later this month, some kind of roadshow for trail running, sounds really good. I need a dog as well.

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    1. That sounds cool. I wonder if they're coming anywhere near us. Sometimes I think we need a dog too, but I would probably get a little guy that hates running.

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  6. That's pretty hardcore...very impressed! I had several friends at the color run but has ZERO desire to do that race...when I woke up and saw the weather I was extra happy with my decision!

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    1. That race was packed! It did sound kind of fun, but it's so expensive. It's hard to justify.

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  7. Omg- we look like freaking twins from the back.
    My hair is like a perma-dread. I usually try to braid my ponytail so it's a little less of a nightmare.

    Cute running skirt!

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    1. The weird thing is that my hair only started getting curly recently. So bizarre! It's not like I'm hitting puberty or something.

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  8. I totally agree!!! Long rain runs are the. WORST! Short rain runs?! You will find me stomping in all the puddles and really enjoying it!

    thats awesome you and your brother run together!

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  9. Looks like a lot of fun. I don't mind a long run in the rain, unless it is completely pouring the whole time. Looks like the trail was lots of fun though!

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  10. Love it! What a great adventure in the mud! And I love all your pictures! It's great running with your brother. It's something new for me this year and I've loved every minute of it!

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  11. You are one tough cookie for gutting out that run in the rain when most others would throw in the towel. Impressive!

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  12. Trail runs always trump, if you ask me! Looks like you guys had a blast--good call!

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  13. Love your completely positive attitude about running in the rain and also the views looked amazing!

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  14. Hi Lisa, I finally made it to RMP. What are your favorite loops and do you know distance? I had my HUGE first gen garmin out there and it wasn't happy with the trees/clouds. I thought some of the trails connected but were the 'spurs' that are dead ends... had to look very close at the map to figure that out. Love this blog!! Jimmy sent me your way! - Cheers

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    1. Hey! So the basic loop (turn left and then basically a circle around the park) is about 4 miles. And if you go out to the overlook and back, it adds a little over 2 more. I just noticed that they added some trail distances on the website: http://www.redmountainpark.org/park-overview/the-trails-at-rmp. I usually do that big loop plus the Grace's Gap overlook, and then if I'm feeling frisky go back and take a right at Redding Shaft Mine onto Ike Maston. That one is pretty fun.

      My Garmin has issues in general, and it seems like every time I take it out there it dies. So I really haven't gotten any exact numbers from that. The numbers I listed above are some that my friend who mapped it told me. And, they're having some races out there on Oct. 20th, 5 and 10 miles: http://www.dirtyspokes.com/tr_races.php?trraceid=2&trpageid=4.

      Do you ever do the Tuesday night run out there?

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    2. I really want to go out there one Tuesday night... hubby works late quite often. I grew up out there and those are my old stomping grounds! We took lots of family hikes and four-wheeler rides all over those woods. I was thrilled when I heard the plans to make the area a park!
      I just started working part-time at my dad's shop out there and plan on going often. Thanks for the race info! I love fall races!!!

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  15. I put my iPhone in a ziploc bag too if there's a chance of rain!

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