|The first big hill..just to show the conditions|
The day arrived and it was only in the 30’s. At first I had on capri’s, a short sleeved shirt, and a jacket. I walked outside and walked right back inside to change into shorts, compression socks, short sleeves, and arm warmers. This ended up being the perfect outfit.
Leading up to this race I was not happy about it. My heart was not in it. I love this race and I love to race. I didn’t want to do this one. There are a lot of reasons why, but I won’t get in to them. My heart just wasn’t in it this year. Once it snowed on Thursday I was much more interested in running it, but still not excited. I admit that I hate cold weather and snow, but I love to run in it. Go figure. The day arrived and I had race excitement and nerves, which was a good thing.
|The group I met at the beginning|
I was in wave 3, out of 6. You are put in waves based on your projected finish time. I should have jumped into an earlier wave but didn't think I needed to. As it was, when my wave started I was quickly the first person and I soon caught up to people from wave 2. Within the first half mile we start on a huge hill and I continued to pass people on that hill, which always feels good when it happens. Then it happened. I got stuck behind a runner who refused to let me pass. It’s hard to race on trails because they are narrow and when you get behind somebody you have to wait for a spot to pass. So I waited till there was an opening, said on your left, and surged, only to have him surge. He did this every time. I was sooo pissed. I had to wait until we got to an area where the trail really widened and I had more room. Which, he still tried to speed up but I had enough room to pass him. He got CHICKED. And it felt GOOD.
Normally I am slower on trails because I tend to trip and fall. A LOT. However with the snow, and with it being packed down by the other runners, I felt more comfortable and It showed. I went faster on these trails than I ever have before. I felt good! I never once felt tired. Sure, going up the hills you feel exhausted but as soon as I crested them I felt fine. My legs were never fatigued. I finished and felt like I could have kept running. This is a great feeling, but also a disappointing feeling. This was a race. I should not have felt like that. However, I know that it’s just the nature of trail races to be stuck behind people. I know I could have gone faster if I had not been stuck behind people a lot. This is where I think next year I’ll be sure to start in wave one. If I had started in wave one I think I could have placed higher and had a better time. However, with that being said, I did excellent at this race. I am very happy with how I placed and how I did. I finished this race and felt fantastic. I had a runner’s high. I did so much better than I expected, especially since I went in to the race with my heart not in it.
My final results:
finish time: 1:24:16
Overall place: 69 out of 471
Female place: 10 out of 190
Division place: 4 out of 27
Here’s a breakdown on pace:
Mile 1: 9:35, big hill
Mile 2 : 9:40, stuck behind the ahole
Mile 3: 9:15, I did stop to fix my yaktrax and drink water
Mile 4: 10:05, big hill and stuck behind a lot of people going slow on this one
MIle 5: 8:26, mostly downhill and rolling
Mile 6:10:03, majority of it is uphill, worst in the park if you ask me
Mile 7: 8:55, rolling hills
Mile 8: 8:10, downhill and flat
Mile 9: 7:58, flat and a creek crossing
.3 miles to the finish: 7:32, as fast as I could sprint in the snow