Brace yourselves for a full race recap! I've decided against the traditional mile-by-mile breakdown and opted instead for a list of pros and cons. It was such a great race!
-The start was delayed by half an hour. When the weather was as warm as it was yesterday (90 degrees by the end of the day!) 30 minutes makes a big difference. No worries though, with all the extra time we had a mini photo shoot!
|I promise this wasn't even staged. This is just my game face!|
-The hills. Yowza. It was definitely a challenge, but I wasn't really prepared. My hamstrings were begging for forgiveness by the end.
-The bottlenecks. About a mile in, the course changed to single track the rest of the way. There were quite a few places where we had to wait, just standing in place. Definitely lost time this way, and I was just anxious to get going!
-The slow pace. It's hard for me to wrap my head around being proud of a 10:35 pace when my training runs are so much faster. I need to remember that trails are different, and unpredictable. Garmin checks are unnecessary on such a trail!
-Such gorgeous scenery. There were a few times when I was alone in the woods and it was so beautiful. A deer ran straight at me around Mile 12 and I actually just stopped and watched for a minute. Can't get that at a busy road race!
-Fantastic running community. Standing in line for the bathrooms before the race, the women were chatting and most of them were really experienced and had some great stories to share from recent trail ultras, Boston streaks (12 years for one woman!) and more. People were so considerate on the trail, letting you know when obstacles were ahead, and generally being positive.
-Jellybeans. Seriously. I had 26 beans for the race in my handheld pouch, and at the end of the race I needed them big time. Such good encouragement to keep running!
-The victory lap. The last .3 miles were in a circle at the finish area so there was lots of cheering and hubs got some nice photos. Such encouragement at the end and I definitely sped up!
Overall chip time was 2:18:51. Certainly not winning anything (the woman winner came in around 1:40- oh yeah, and she was 50 years old. No biggie. ) but a respectable time. I counted up the results page and it looks like I was 57 out of 127 women, which I'll be happy about! Can't wait to break my time next year!!
Thanks for all the kind comments about this race, it was so encouraging to read!
Have you ever run a trail race? Would you like to?
Yes! My last 3 races have been on trails, and they're so awesome. Although I'm looking forward to some road races in the future so I can have some faster times!