Cochran Mill Trail Race

If you had told me 2 years ago that I would one day voluntarily sign up for a trail race and one that had a water crossing at that, I would’ve laughed my head off. Even though I’ve been running the trails at Kennesaw Mountain, my one annual race was the Red Top Rumble and I’ve been perfectly happy with that. This weekend, things came together – no kid chauffeuring to do, no kid activity for me to be at, no swim meets, no single parenting, AND a friend who had signed up to run. And so I did too! 

This was a 10.7 mile trail race in the Cochran Mills Park at Palmetto, a 45-55min drive from my place in the suburbs of Atlanta. The race put on by local endurance coach Tony Hammett of Peak Racing, was small but fun! The weather was perfect and the single track trails were beautiful and not that technical. I ran with Barbara and as she was doing 3 trail races in 24 hours, she took it easy and I was able to keep up. 

Cochran Mill Trail Race

The highlight of the race was water crossing – TWICE! With the rains we’ve had, the water was flowing quite a bit and I was a bit nervous. With my two left feet, I slipped even before I stepped into the water. But Dave of Big Peach Running Co. was on hand to give step by step instructions on crossing the water. With the weather being perfect, getting feet wet in the water wasn’t too bad, but I can’t imagine doing that in colder air temperatures! 
Cochran Mill Trail Race

With my talent for taking the wrong turns on trails, it was good that there was plenty of markings and Barbara was up ahead to make sure I was on the right trail.

Cochran Mill Trail Race

I achieved my first ever DFL (Dead F Last), until we found out much much much later that there was one straggler who finished. Never had I been so sorry to not finish last. Oh well, I tried!

Cochran Mill Trail Race

This photo just tickles me – the RD was a sport to let me stand on that victorious DFL (before we all realized that there was one person still out there) and everything about the photo is so much fun!






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Cochran Mill Trail Race
  • Jennifer Pug Pug

    Oh gosh! Water crossing! That’s like an entire lake! I just can’t imagine doing that!

    Congratulations on a great event! It’s always wonderful to break out of your comfort zone and do something out there!

  • Wow that water crossing would terrify me! Congrats to you

  • Angela Epolito Lewis

    It looks like you had a blast! Love the last photo of you almost being last!

  • Congrats on the race! I’ve never done a trail race but I’d sure like too. Except for the water crossing. Sounds like fun, tho.

    Have a great week!

  • Kimberly

    I’m so inspired by anyone that runs a trail race – I just know i would fall numerous times lol

    Congrats on he race, especially that water crossing!!

  • This looks like a lot of fun! I’m not too keen on creek crossings, but if the weather is nice (warm temps), I’m game.

  • Michelle@Running with Attitude

    Wow! Congrats on the race! I am too chicken to try a trail race – I’m sure I’d fall and break something LOL! That water crossing would have panicked me – great job!

  • Chrissy Carroll

    I had the same thing happen to me at a tri once – they were like ‘and here’s our last racer!’ and then 5 minutes later they realized someone else was coming in 🙂

  • I love that quote, so true! Congratulations on your race, I LOVE all the picture you shared!! 🙂

  • Esther McNary

    I am impressed! I did 1 trail race once ( I didn’t realize it was a trail race when I signed up) and it was horrible!
    Crossing over water would have me running the other way! Hahah
    Cute pics 🙂

  • Kathryn Thayer

    That’s too funny about being the DLF, or so you thought. You’ve got a great attitude about the way that things played out.

  • Congratulations! I’m so impressed with the water crossings. I’m not sure I could do that. But, spending a beautiful day in the GA woods sounds like heaven to me. I love your podium shot. Thanks for linking!