Sunday, May 03, 2009
My husband and I completed our first trail race yesterday. Only 7K but a steep climb up to the top of the mountain (and back). What fun! Neither of us won anything of course even though not many people participated, but we did a lot better than we thought we would. This was my husband's first race and he was awesome! But then I think he must be half goat. He's almost 40 and he can run at breakneck speeds down mountains. He left me in the dust in the first 5 minutes going up the hill too. He said he was maybe 10th overall finishing, which is really good for a first-timer (29 minutes).
As for me, I underestimated myself and put myself at the back of the pack. This meant that I was stuck for a good 5 minutes at a very slow pace going up the mountain. I did finally break out of the pack about halfway up. I am not as good coming down (too worried about falling on the rough trail), but still was stuck behind somebody on the way down because the trail was very narrow, steep and I did not feel safe passing anybody. I estimate I could have improved my time a bit, but was really happy with the way I ran. I finished in about 36-37 minutes, but am not too sure about the time.
Next time a longer, flatter race for the both of us. We are both really enjoying the race scene, although we are not serious about competing.
I wanted to edit this to say that most of the time I was running I was behind a little girl. How amazing is that? She looked like she was maybe 10-11 years old. I did fun runs at that age, but they were maybe a mile at the most on a flat surface and I don't think I ran the whole way. Her mother was mid-40's and did not have an ounce of fat on her. She finished WAY ahead of me. Very inspirational!