Finally a race is in the books! Yesterday I ran the Grand Ridge 5 mile Trail Run. I figured a trail run would be my perfect intro back into racing – I love the varied terrain and with that, not paying attention to pace – only people.
The race had a 50K, marathon, half and 5 miler. I debated the half, but between my husbands’ work schedule over the weekend and my current fitness, I settled on the 5. I knew going into the better runners would probably be running the longer distances, and based on past results that top 3 was a realistic goal.
Race morning was COLD – 21 degrees cold. Brrrr !!!
The race started on a gradual downhill very wide trail. After about 1/2 mile, we headed up on single track. There was 1 woman ahead of me. As we climbed and climbed, I slowly gained on her. We both actually walked a bit on some of the steeper hills. I eventually passed her. We then hit the downhill, and a guy then she passed me. I was running as fast as I possibly could down the hills – she was simply a better down hill raced. After a bit, we started climbing. I passed her again and actually pulled away a decent amount. Once we headed down again, I knew she’d be hot on my tale. Despite the lead I had, she passed me. I seriously don’t know how she was so quick downhill! I guess I am not confident enough. Once we hit the wide trail, I closed on her a bit, but she managed to stay ahead and beat me by 12 seconds.
I was 8th overall, 2nd woman. My time was 47:04 – which is terribly slow in 1 sense, but not if you think about the fact that we climbed over 1000 feet in the race! And according to my Garmin, it was 5.2 miles.
It really was a fun race! And it helped relight my hunger :)