Saturday, February 19, 2011

The wrong turn

Cross Timbers was today,and I did the marathon.  Although the trail was well marked, someone changed the signs and I (plus a few others) made a wrong turn in the last 2.5 miles.  Luckily for me, it probably amounted to no more than 5 minutes on my finishing time, and an extra hill.  The guy in front of me however was pretty darn "pissed".  He talked about it for the next mile.  He slowed his pace and in turn, was passed by several others. 
It's hard when you make a wrong turn.  You have to shake it off and regain focus.  You can't let if effect the rest of your race.
I think that wrong turns in life are the same way.   Nobody is perfect.  We all make mistakes. 
Wouldn't it be great if we could just acknowledge the wrong turn and move on, instead of letting it effect our whole race?


  1. 5 min and an extra hill in a trail full is bad news but I can see that following the markings is one of the hard parts. I looked up a few points and wondered if I was on the right path just to realize I was OK. Just think, you got those extra 5 min for free.

  2. well said...My RR will be coming up...but in short...being sick this week...hindsight, I probably shouldn't have was a tough day.

  3. Wrong turns are part of trail running. You've got to embrace the whole experience. If nothing untoward ever happens, you have no stories to tell. I've taken many wrong turns and I think it has made me a better person. Or perhaps an open target for jokes about being directionally challenged!