|I'm in the yellow jacket. Before the race shot.|
At the start of the race we were told the creek crossings were ankle deep. This ended up being true for some but not others. The longer you were out there, the higher the water rose and the deeper the creeks were. When I went through some the water was higher than my knees. The current was strong too. I was lucky that I didn’t fall or get pulled under, but others had trouble. In fact, this is proof that runners are awesome. There was an older guy in front of me and I kept getting close and then he would get further away. Well, as luck would have it, I was somewhat close at each creek crossing towards the end of the race. He would get across, then walk and watch me to make sure I made it across (and talk to me while I was). Then when I was safe he would take off again. Now that’s an awesome runner. I couldn’t find him at the finish to thank him either.
|waiting for the race to start|
The entire course was mud. And more mud. On parts, where the trail went downhill, you were just running in a river of water. Other times you were running through standing water on the trails. If it wasn’t water, it was just mud. This made for some very interesting situations. A couple parts of the trail were drop-offs to a creek and it was a long drop-off, you had to walk it due to slipping and sliding with the mud. I LOVED it.
The first 6 miles of this race were awesome. I felt good. I was having fun. I started out with people and then slowly I left them behind. I would catch up to a group or an individual, pass them the first chance I had, then run by myself for awhile. Then I would see somebody ahead and focus on catching them. Catch up to them, pass, repeat. Many of the times when I was by myself and couldn’t see anybody, I would just look around me. It was peaceful. It was beautiful. I loved being out there.
|still early on|
I am somewhat disappointed with this race but at the same time I’m not. Makes sense right? I’m disappointed I had to walk up hills towards the end. I’m disappointed I walked A LOT and not just on hills during the last mile. I’m disappointed that people who shouldn’t have beat me, because I had a good lead on them, ended up either catching me or getting close. However I also feel good about this race and happy about it because I know all of this was due to the injury and not being completely over the stomach bug yet. Not to mention the race conditions of the course itself. So for me to pull off what I did, I think I did pretty darn good. Plus, I had a heck of a fun time doing it.
|towards the end|
|not me, obviously, but shows how high the creeks got|
Here is more detail about my run, including mile splits etc.