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Unexpected Trail Race

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Yesterday I ran my first trail race, a 10K, at the local conservation area. I was browsing through the race listing on the Running Room website on Friday night and saw this event and decided to sign up. I had no idea that it was going to be a trial race since there wasn't much info available of the site. It just had the event name, the start time and that you could either do the 5K or the 10K. Although thinking about it now the logo does give somewhat of a clue LOL! I had big goals of running a sub 50 minute race and printed out a nice pace band for myself to help me achieve that goal.

Once I started running it became apparent that my new goal would be to finish the race. I don't know how people who run trail races do it. It was much more challenging than a road race. I was constantly dodging tree roots, rocks and mud holes. About 90% of the trail was through the forest which I will admit was very tranquil and relaxing for a Saturday morning run. Most challenging was running up and down the hills since they were so steep. To make matters worse it was pouring rain yesterday morning making the trail incredibly slippery. One guy fell in front on me into a a huge pile of mud face first when another runner was trying to pass him. By the end I was completely soaked, freezing and incredibly dirty. I'm not sure if my running shoes will ever be white again. I finished with a time of 55:00 which I was happy with all things considered. It was fun and challenging, but I think I'll stick with road races from now on.
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    How fun! Way to just go with the flow. I've not done much trail running and never a trail race....reading about yours makes me want to keep an eye out for them. Nice change of pace and scenery every once in a while, and a bit of a challenge to the muscles too.
    Enjoy the upcoming weekend!

    4735 days ago
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    Sarah, you are so addicted!!! It's awesome! Congrats on pushing through and making it. I've run through the woods and as you said, it's relaxing, but can be a bit treacherous! Amazing that you still did it in 55!!! CONGRATS TO YOU GIRL!

    4738 days ago
  • MARLIE13
    Oh wow...what a race! I don't know how I would have handled that myself but I'm so impressed with how you tackled that. What's a pace band, if you don't mind me asking? The logo looks cool too, did you get a t-shirt with that on it?
    4738 days ago
    What a great experience! Your time was great too!! Congratulations on your first (may be only) trail run. WTG

    Julie :o)
    4739 days ago
  • BRUIN2
    hehee, sounds fun!!!! I'm giggling at the thought of the guy falling in front of you... I know it's not *really* funny, but it makes a good race report for you! haha.
    4740 days ago
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    It's great to try new things once in a while!
    4740 days ago
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