It’s conventional wisdom that anyone who runs a marathon is just a touch crazy. What does conventional wisdom say about someone who runs their first marathon and then 7 days later runs a 15k trail run with nearly a 1300 ft. elevation gain?
Early this year I “knew” I wouldn’t be able to run this race. Conventional wisdom told me that. I’d have just run my first marathon the week before. There’s no way I would be ready. I decided I would try again to run the whole series next year.
Conventional wisdom is wrong sometimes.
Even when I was still feeling sore on Sunday I wanted to run the race but told myself I wouldn’t. Tuesday came around and I felt normal. I wanted to get out there and sweat. I told myself I would wait until after my first post-marathon run Thursday to register. The run wasn’t amazing but I didn’t die either. Within half an hour I had registered.
I’m so glad I did. I love this series of races. They’re small but the organizer puts his whole heart into these races. The trails are well marked. The post-race refreshments are spectacular. (Seriously, today we had pancakes!)
I had no idea how I would do in this race. It’s a more challenging course than the 11k I ran in May plus I just ran a marathon last week. (How many times can I shamelessly promote that?) My only goal was to not finish last. (I may or may not have looked up the time of last year’s last place finisher.)
(before the start and a little before sunrise…ready to go!)
Miles 1-2.5 I went out quickly since we started on the road. I don’t think that made a difference. The initial trail is fairly flat and familiar. I’ve run it in all of the trail races I’ve run. Things were flowing well.
Miles 2.5-3.1 This was the major hike I remembered from last year. Then we turned left at the “top” instead of right and continued on a trail I’ve never explored. The climb continued.
Miles 3.1-5.5 I felt strongest here. We descended and then had a “flat” section for a little while including running past a little lake that I didn’t know was there. So beautiful. We also ran past a camping area. Where the trail curved around a boy sat on a tree stump waiting until just the right moment to tell us we were on the blue trail. He got such a kick out of it. I almost had to do a double take though. The kid looked almost exactly like one of my cousins when he was that age. (He would have done something similar too.)
Miles 5.5-7.25 We entered a second climb here, not as high but it really doesn’t matter at that point. The views were incredible though, absolutely amazing. I love fall. I especially love the mountains in the fall. This run reminds me of the Thanksgiving camping trip I took last year.
Miles 7.25-7.75 I did not like this section, the descent. This descent is steep and scared me a little. A couple passed me on this section. They looked like they were just hopping down the hill like deer.
Miles 7.75-9.37 At one point in here we merged with the portion of the trail we started on. I seriously had a “am I going the right way?” moment because right then no one was close by. I used my best deduction skills and chose a path. (I may or may not have asked an older couple walking the other directions if they’d seen any other runners pass.) After that I relaxed and new I was close to being done. My left IT band (I think) was bothering me but bad enough to stop. (As soon as I finish I’m going to roll it out.) I knew I was close to being done though. As I was finishing my legs still felt fresh. Finishing time: 2:01:14
I didn’t have my phone with me to photograph the pancakes but they were there.
To reward myself I headed to On On Tri to use my 15% off coupon to get some new shoes.
Sweet huh? Though it looks yellow it’s actually neon green. 😀
They’re not lunar flys (they didn’t have my size) but lunar glides. I really liked how the felt plus the colors are awesome!
Next up: TreesGreenville Turkey Trot 8k