I wander off track frequently during trail runs. It comes with the territory. It’s not like there are street signs and traffic lights pointing the way. Trail blazes are easy to miss when you are running and even if you are paying attention the blazes can be obscured by things like fallen trees or brush fires.
The trick is to be prepared with extra water and food just in case your run lasts a little longer than expected, let loved ones know where you will be and when to expect you to return, and to have enough awareness of your surroundings to recognize within a reasonable amount of time that you are off the trail, making back tracking easier.
For me, that’s part of the adventure and I have found some really interesting things off the beaten path.
Lost is a state of mind.
Wandering is an adventure.
Tolkien said it more eloquently:
Not all those who wander are lost.