So Close!Posted: August 14, 2010
This morning I ran my first trail 10k. Well actually it was my first trail race EVER.
I drove about 40min away to a ranch is northern Maryland.
That is the finish line being set up. Yeah, there were hills too. I was excited, this was something different and I was doing it alone. I had wanted to run in my vibrams, but I was worried about my calves. I am glad I didn’t wear them because there was a small road portion and lots of large gravel. There were bison, but I didn’t see them, they were on the 5k track. I did hear them! They were crazy loud.
So trail running, definitely practice your hills. I think the hills are where I passed most people. I don’t walk during races unless I am about to die, which so far has been never. The thought that kept going through my head was, “where would my horse step?” I used to ride on a lot of trails, and I know that footing for a horse is key. Sometimes you need to go down a hill sideways. There were people falling all over the place going down hill, and I had good luck shuffling down the steep ones. There was a point of the trail where you could run through the water or go over a bridge. I had debated over this issue for a long time, but when it came down to it I had 1.5 miles left and I wasn’t running it in soggy shoes. I crossed the bridge (got a nice photo I think) and was able to sprint in front of the runners that were in my pack with their wet shoes. The last mile I was hauling and it was really hard for me to do the final sprint. I usually am flying fro the last .2 miles, but today I just tried to keep a fast pace.
Soooo how did I do?
4/48 in my division – 16sec away from placing, grrrrrr.
52:41 chip time
I think I did pretty well for my first trail race!
My only other 10k was 49:?? so considering this was a trail and had serious hillage, I am proud of myself. Only problem is, I want to place now! I think a perfect run for me would be a hilly road race. I am not a very fast pacer, but I dominate hills thanks to where I train. Woohoo! Where can I sign up?
The only other race I have so far is the Baltimore Running Festival Relay. I will be running some hills there, but I want to get faster. I guess I need to get some speed work in.
Best moment of the race? – Passing a guy who was talking about how he has been training at Oregon Ridge for the race (hilly State Park). Quality not quantity dude. I hadn’t run since Monday.
Nick had a great morning too. His flag football team won their 3rd championship and I was able to make the game after my race.
Now I think I need a nap.