I’ll be scampering through the woods again this weekend, at the Creepy, Crawlies & Critters race put on by Trailhead Running.
I’m finding lately that I love trail running. It’s slower than running on pavement (expect to run 20 to 30 percent slower on trail than on roads), but it’s also the vibe of the sport. Trail running is more laid back, puts you more in touch with the outdoors and, best of all, typically features real food at the aid stations of longer events (think boiled potatoes and peanut butter sandwiches instead of energy gels).
Plus, it’s more like playing than working. Remember when you were a kid, romping through the woods on the trail of horned toads or white-tail deer? It’s like that, complete with muddy clothes and a sense of adventure.And, as the Trailhead Running folks so aptly put it, “You’re not lost, you’re with us.” (They also advise runners to keep an eye on the trail and look for critter bones along the way at this weekend’s race…)
Creepy, Crawlies & Critters participants choose from either a 5K or a 10K route. The race is for women only, limited to 100 runners, and designed for athletes who are new to trail running or for experienced runners looking for a new venue.
The race starts at 9 a.m. Saturday at YMCA Camp Cypress in Buda. You can still register for $50. Packet pickup is 3-7 p.m. Friday at Luke’s Lockers, 115 Sandra Muraida Way.
A pancake and fruit breakfast will await runners at the finish line.