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I had so much fun today! We headed up the Blue Ridge Pkwy to Mt. Mitchell, the highest mountain east of the Mississippi.<br><br>
We're still getting used to running hills and running at altitude, and about 1/2 of the path we chose was VERY steep (up or down) and slippery from recent rains. So it wasn't all running. But we did get to run a good bit on a crushed rock path that had the most incredible views.<br><br>
I'm hooked and can't wait to go run on trail again. In the meantime, I'm going to work on strengthening my ankles. I did have a few ankle rolls out there.
 

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Woo hoo Dev! Congrats on finding the dirt. No worries on walking/hiking. When trailrunning, I walk the ups.<br><br>
Geez, Mt. Mitchell? I'm jealous. Nice debut.
 

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woot! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/icon_cheers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="cheers"><br><br>
diablita, the ankle thing gets better with more trail running. I had a lot of ankle rolls when I first started, and meant to buy a wobble board, but never got around to it. My ankles just got stronger from the challenges of the trail, and seem to do much much better now.<br><br>
But I hear a wobble board does help, if you don't procrastinate buying it like <i>some</i> people! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/wink.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Welcome.
 

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Woohoo!!! I knew you'd enjoy being out there on the dirt. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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You picked a very scenic place to start. I was in the same area on Sat running the Springmaid Splash 10k Trail Run in Spruce Pine NC. -about 70 miles south of home. I love that area. Mt Mitchell and So Florida -quiet a contrast. Have some fun out there.<br>
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If you do trail runs on any sort of semi-regular basis be sure and get some trail shoes. They will help with your ankle rolling and offer more stability than road running shoes.
 

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I just had my first trail run today. I'm hooked. It is so much fun. I posted in the Race Report forum, today was my 2 mile Doggie Dash with my pup. I guess I didn't realize it was a trail run. There were one or two moments that were a little scary, running with dogs on leashes on the trail, but to my amazement, no one got hurt in this race. Now I'll be on the lookout for trail runs and partners in my area.
 
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