What if it’s corporeal? Physical. No telling what it could be, it could be literally anything. If it appeared solid it probably wasn’t a shadow man, more like a dog man or cryptid.Hi Jen, and there are no silly questions here. The paranormal is full of questions. Trust me...have lived with it 66 years now.
Jen, these sound much like shadow people. However, being in the woods, it could be a variety of elementals as well. Now, I'm gonna hit you with my usual explanation of things. Don't get hung up in the semantics and names we give these things. Quite honestly, we truly don't know the cause of some of this stuff but we give it names so we can reference the repeating phenomena.
I have yet to see anyone killed by a ghost, spirit, or elemental. I have seen a lot of people's lives disrupted by them, but so far no deaths, so take a deep breath and don't panic.
I don't know if you have any certain religious beliefs, but I normally try to explain these things within the context of what your faith or spiritual self may be.