Apparently, I’m not the most gifted gal when it comes to deciphering maps for trail runs.
Today was supposed to be a 5k cross country course followed by an easy 5k on my usual park paths. I never made it to part 2 because my tracking went a bit awry.
Here is what I was supposed to do:
Here is what I actually ended up doing:
The second map barely does justice to how many times I backtracked. I had one guy on a bike shake his head at me and say, “You have no idea of where you are going.”
I wasn’t so much lost as to unable to locate the correct turnoffs on the course. At least one I never did find. There were several instances I stood looking at the GPS map and seeing my “you are here” dot and the alleged pathway almost on top of each other, but around me was just brush. i circled these spots a few times, scratching my head like an idiot. At another point, I was on all fours scrambling up a steep hill that I’m pretty sure is not on the race course but did end up getting me back on track.
So, the 5k cross country trek took me 5.5 miles. I did the remaining mile off the course. Time-wise wasn’t my fastest, what with the navigational discombobulation. Good thing my goal today was to take it easy and have fun. Accomplished.