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6/14/14 10:25 P

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I learned after my second year of running that the effort of a trail race is that of the next level. Not the time but the effort. So your trail half was as hard as a road full.

Don't you feel better now?

Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible and suddenly you will be doing the impossible. -- St Francis of Assisi
6/11/14 5:00 P

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Way to go! Your next half will be easy. I ran it 2 years ago and the elevation on that was 13ft. Yep, flat as a pancake but the temps were really tough so get some hot runs in this summer to prepare how to drink. I over drank on Gatoraide and was very sick. It's a fun venue.


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6/11/14 8:50 A

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Congratulations. I knew a trail half would be harder than a road half, but you made it! Close enough to the cut off time to not get a DNF. Great job!

3/31/12 Trailbreaker half marathon 13.1 miles in 3 hours 13 minutes
4/20/13 Neighborhood Watch 5K 39:17.6
10/5/13 5K Grace Pet Fest 38:47.6
12/1/13 Secret City Half Marathon around 3 hours and 4 minutes
4/19/14 Butterflies for Hope 5K for Lupus 39:23.8
2/7/15 Hearts & Soles 5K, San Jose 34:50
3/12/16 Hearts &Soles 5K, San Jose 34:16

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6/11/14 8:35 A

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I'll preface this with the words "I'm an idiot."

I've done multiple 5Ks, I've run many 10K training runs and a 10K which I completed in May (with a PR too!). My friend, who runs with me, convinced me in March to sign up for a half on June 8. I said "Sure, that's months away!" ... Yeah, 10 weeks was hard to double that distance, but doable.

The reason I'm an idiot? Neither one of us realized that it was a trail half marathon. We trained on roads. O_O Oops.

But anyway, it was part of a huge race series the North Face put on that weekend. Saturday was the marathon, marathon relay, 50K, and 50 miler (holy crap ... so many miles!). Sunday was the half marathon, 10K, and 5K.

I have to say we greatly underestimated the difficulty of the trail aspect of it ... 13.1 miles wasn't the awful part, it was the inconsistency of the trails just being trails. And the hills. Oh lordy the hills ... straight. up. vertical. Multiples. When I looked at MyRunKeeper when I finished, my total elevation climbed was around 1,000 feet! My body felt it too.

But I will say, the race was incredibly well-run, changes were communicated effectively, the course was very easily marked, and the staff was helpful and cheerful (which was greatly appreciated, especially at mile 6.9 when you realized you're on the downward side of the race)!

The cutoff time was 4 hours, which is totally reasonable ... I finished in 4:00:36. But I don't care, I still got my medal and I can still say I finished my first half!

I'm not sure I would ever compete a half marathon on a trail again, BUT I might consider the 5K or 10K next year because the scenery was beautiful, and it was shaded for 90 percent of the course. It ran from Great Falls Park all the way up to Algonkian Regional Park ... absolutely breath-taking. The 10K follows the last half of the course (Potomac Heritage Trail through Algonkian Park) so I think that might be my investment next year. :)

I would say if you're a trail runner, definitely check it out next year ... I just know I prefer hitting the pavement as opposed to the trail for the longer distances!

I threw some pictures up on my page ... Let me know what your experiences have been with it!

Next up? I think I'm going to hit up a 20K in August (the 17 I believe?) and then the Virginia Beach Rock N' Roll Half Marathon. :) I'm excited! (And I know my times will be lower since, oh, IT'S PAVEMENT, lol.)


Reinvigorated. 2013 was part one. Now it's time to finish the job. :)

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