It was soooo cold when we got there. I think the car said 32 degrees. So we went and picked up our packet and ran back to the car. We holed up in the car for a good 45 minutes before our race started. There were a couple of bathroom breaks for everyone. One in which someone who shall remain nameless (Ninja) went into the ladies bathroom! Poor ladies! :-) At 8:25 we got out of the car, I think Ninja had already gone up to the start line by then, and we headed up to the start line.
|Soooo cold! Let's get running!|
So we start the race and the first mile was on sidewalk, which was nice. Then we hit the trails. The trails were awesome. They were VERY rocky in parts and lots of switchbacks. You were always seeing other racers on the course. (Which didn't make good for if you needed to go to the bathroom we would realize about mile 6!) Shannon was very nervous about the rocks because of her spill that she took at the Chupa race back in October when she landed on a rock and couldn't finish the race. So we walked the rocky parts and that wound up being a lot. It was fine though because it was actually nice to look up and not constantly at the ground. The trees were gorgeous and we saw 2 deer!
|Can you see the deer? A mom and a baby!|
|Shannon, Me, and Mama C. (I think Marci was on the phone.)|
We finished the race in 2:55. Those walks killed our time, but I realized that sometimes you have to stop and smell the roses and that is what we did today. It was awesome and this time the parts I walked weren't because my knee hurt. I felt fine so I enjoyed it much more. I will say, I was so exhausted by the time I got home you would have thought I had run the 50K!
As far as race goes, great race! Everything was awesome from the aid station volunteers to muffins to course marking. It was just a very well put on race. I am so glad for it too because I want to go run that trail again! I will definitely be back next year! It was a great local race and it was so much fun to see all our friends out there! There were so many!
I am so thankful for this past year and all my wonderful running friends I have made! This has definitely been a great year!