As we lined up for the Greenway 5 mile Trail Race, the race director mentioned some “fun” climbs – I would not call the climb fun! It was a HUGE hill! Seriously – almost 1 mile UP. Now, the decent was fun! I later learned that my dad looked closely at the topo course map and decided not to run it do to the HILL.
Now that I have that out of my system – it was a lot of fun and felt great to be in a race again! I went out with a friend and we hit the 1st mile in 7:02 (a bit fast for me at this point). Our 2nd mile was 8:43 (we’d hit the single track portion of the trail and the rocks and tight corners slowed us down). Then comes mile 3 of UP – Amanda pulled away from me, and I was on my own feeling the burn of that 7:02 mile. My 3rd mile was an embarrassing 10:44 (yes I walked some). Mile 4 was all down hill and I did it in 7:16. Mile 5 was 8:24, with 1 last hill. Overall 42:10. My goal was to break 40 minutes, but I also didn’t know about the hill when I set that goal. I do wish I had run more consistent – that will be my goal next time – to go out more conservatively and stay strong on the UPs.
My friend Amanda was the 1st place woman. I was 3rd (which did win me a FREE pair of trail running shoes!!!!) I should have been 2nd. A girl passed me on the last hill and I was content to let her go. It was 1 of those times when I decided to not let the mental side of running work in my favor. If I had decided to, I could have pushed hard enough to beat her (she only beat me by 10 seconds). Oh well.
I’m debating on what my next race will be. Cross-country gears up soon, and it’s hard to have the extra energy to squeeze in my own races, but I’m always so glad when I do. It keeps me motivated.