I finished my first trail race! And boy was it a race to remember! I had so much fun though! When is the next one? LOL. That’s what every runner says after a race, right?! Haha! Yay for Boney Mountain!
I wasn’t sure how this race would go because I caught a cold a few days ago, basically prime time for me to be cutting back on my miles…and boy did I. I ran on Tuesday, and that was the last day I ran until this morning! Yikes! I’ve basically been in bed sleeping and trying to eat (you know I’m sick when I have no appetite!) while going to work for a few hours here and there, but it has been tough recovering from this sickness. I hardly get sick, so when I do, it’s usually pretty bad. I don’t have a full on flu, but my tonsils feel like they’re the size of the Titanic. Sooooooooo I bought a new Nike top from work to keep me warm:
Nice thick top for after the race! Kept me…kind of warm. I mayyyy have been shivering and loosing circulation in my fingers at one point. Oops.
Anyhow, race morning! I met up with two of my friends to carpool to pick up our bib numbers and chips, then head to the race start to see off the people running the half marathon! We got some pre-race photos to compare to our “I didn’t die!” photos taken afterwards.
We saw our friends off, got a review of the course and before we knew it, we were off and running! I didn’t take any pictures myself of the trail or it’s surroundings, but one of my friends got some great ones. The area was scorched back in May and I only wish I could have run through the area when all the manzanita were around and in their gorgeous blood red color. They are some gorgeous plants!
At the start of the race I was all about just finishing the race, and my motto with my friend was that we just didn’t want to die! HAHAHA! We certainly didn’t!
As much as I knew the one plus mile uphill would be tough, I knew the one mile downhill was actually going to be the tougher part for me. Many people have a hard time with long downhills on asphalt hurting their calves or quads, it KILLS my sides. I don’t get side stitches per-say, but the worst muscle cramps, in which I have to either slow down significantly or just flat out stop. I was just past the one mile marker when the pain got really bad and I had to hold onto my side. But I made it to the bottom, and for the first time in…EVER, I was thankful for some uphill!
Mile two made things a little better with the uphill that came with it and I took on as much as I could. My legs were still pretty fresh from the downhill, but the pain in my sides was excruciating. I slowed down by a minute knowing that I had a mile ahead that was completely uphill and I wanted to feel ready for it. But boy, was I not ready for it!
My splits do an awesome job of showing you how much I walked during that third mile. I was having a hard time breathing at this point, probably because my throat felt like it was on fire but I had a cough drop in and it helped a lot. I was just not feeling well at this point and tired. Havng a cold will do that to you! I was hoping I would be able to run up the hill as well as I had a few weeks ago, but that didn’t pan out very well.
I made it to the top of the hill and was ready to catch the downhill to finish the race off. The last part was a slight downhill and I was ready to take it! I had a few younger girls in front of me that I was determined to beat (one was super young, maybe 12?!) and about the last half mile or more I had a guy that I passed and he was determined to not let me beat him. My friend was within sight and I was trying sooooo hard to catch up to him, so I was using the guy to keep me strong and fast.
I finished strong and passed everyone I wanted to! I crossed the finish line at 41:26 for 4.3 miles! I came in second (out of fifteen) in my age group (25-29), 14th in women, and 49th (out of 179) overall! What the what!? I was certainly not expecting that!
We did it, we lived through the race! WOOT WOOT! I was actually feeling pretty good after the race and was already talking about the next one! But I had some cheering to do for my friends that were running the 1/2 marathon on the mountain!
They all did so great! I couldn’t have been more excited and proud of my friends! It takes some serious mental and physical strength to run the race they did; it was not an easy one at the least! We had a good group there to represent Inside Track, the group that I run with and train on Tuesday and Saturdays!
And of course one of my coworkers there to represent Road Runner Sports!
Such a great race! Again, WHEN IS THE NEXT ONE!! I’m stoked for it…as I’ve got 11 more races to run this year as part of my yearly goals!
By the time I made it home, I was STARVING. I could barely eat much before and after the race, probably from not feeling very well, but boy oh boy, my appetite came back with a vengeance at home! I picked up two vegetable rolls at Whole foods, along with my favorite vegan scones and went to town!
So much salt, so gooooooood! I finally showered to clean up and warm up (really, I was kind of frozen by the time I got home) and immediately threw on my new shirt! My medal is hanging with my bib, along with the bib and medal from the 1/2 marathon I did last month! I need to get one of those running medal hangers that I’ve seen everyone purchasing!