A year ago this past weekend I ran my first trail run. The Tail Twister 50K near Bentonville, AR. I had no idea what I was doing. I had no idea what running off road was. I was training for my first ultra...a 50 miler that was scheduled in July and needed a really long run that weekend. A friend invited me to this race. 7 hrs 20 minutes and countless falls, near falls, and toe stumps (with the eventual loss of 4 toenails) later I finished. I came through the finish swearing never ever to run another trail run again! My finish line picture looks like I had been attacked by a grizzly bear. I had never looked, or smelled that bad in my life. It took a week for my quads to quit screeming. Here I am a year later. Finished the Tail Twister in 5 hours 27 minutes, 3rd place female and chomping at the bit to go run some trails this weekend. Here I am a year later training for Leadville. Shit! Wouldn't have believed it a year ago.