What better way to celebrate and honor our nation’s Veterans than to participate in a charity run for The Wounded Warrior foundation. This small, low key race is put on every year by Metro Run Walk at Burke Lake Park in Virginia.
Burke Lake, VA is just gorgeous this time of year with the changing leaves and beautiful views on a sunny November day. When I heard about this race being held on a Tuesday at 11 am for a great cause, I was all in. Love a weekday race when the kids have school and an 11 start time is a definite plus. The race double loops around the lake on shaded trails. I am not really much of a trail runner unfortunately. But these views cannot be beat.
Our day started off with a multi chapter meet up with some other MRTT mamas. We have such a huge presence in Virginia and I always love to meet new friends at races.
This was a small, maybe 150 runners very low key race. My friend, Alexandra (still in her post MCM recovery) agreed to forgo her usual speedy pace and run with me. We don’t have a chance to run at the same pace too often so it was nice to chat with her while running. We decided to just treat it as a training run and enjoy the beautiful fall scenery. We stopped a few times to take some running selfies.
This is one of my favorite pics-note the matching Skirt Sports outfits. Cute huh?
I was a bit hesitant as I never run on trails. This time of year, the leaves are everywhere and it is hard to see where you are stepping and what may be underneath. All was going well until about mile 5 when I tripped over a root or branch or something and fell. I twisted my ankle a bit and cut up both of my palms. I was glad Alexandra was with me and I walked it off for a few minutes and ran back the last almost 2 miles to the finish. It was sore but runnable. I will spare you the pics but apparently I wasn’t the only one. When we arrived at the finish, we found our friend Cynthia all cut up and bleeding as well. She also fell and broke her phone. There were 4 or 5 others waiting in line for first aid. By the looks of them, I faired the best.
In retrospect, I probably should have gotten a pair of trail running shoes or just stayed away from the trail all together. It’s a shame because it really is such a beautiful venue this time of year and a very well put together hometown race for a great charity.
A little ice and rest and I will ok. This has certainly been my year of running injuries! So looking forward to 2015. I think I will stay away from the trail runs for a while.
Did you do anything special for Veteran’s Day? Trail Runs-love ’em or hate ’em?