Thanks to some changes to the Sulfer Springs Trail the 11k became a 12k. I’m not complaining. (I happen to like the number 12.)
This time I didn’t look back at my recap from last year to see what my time was. While I know I’m a stronger runner than last year, this race was a little bit longer.
It also helped that I approached this race with a couple race-free weeks ahead of it. Last year this race culminated 2 months of races every weekend.
This morning I chose not to run with my camelbak. While I would have appreciated having it, I don’t think not having it hurt my performance.
I wish I’d had the guts to start a little closer to the start line. I ended up running the first mile or two a little slower than I wanted since I didn’t have many opportunity to pass some of the slower runners in front of me.
Then came mile 3. I knew it was coming. Somehow I keep forgetting just how tough that mile really is. I would post a screen shot of the elevation but for some reason Garmin connect’s elevation profile view is pretty lousy.
Once I got that point it wasn’t all downhill but most of it was. The funny thing is, after mile 3 every incline brings out the desire to to walk. I did a few times after that but for the most part I kept running usually with the runner in front of me in view. I just wanted to keep up.
Ironically enough, right around the same point where I slipped and fell last year another runner went down. Her fall was a lot worse and she slid off the side of the path so much I thought she might not be able to stop. Thankfully she was okay and able to get back up and keep running. I actually ended up running right behind her for the last mile and a half without realizing it.
When we got to the updated portion of Sulfer Springs I was more than thankful. I remember getting pretty freaked out about the steep descent last year. The new switchbacks made it more than manageable.
Right around this point I remembered just how much I love running trails. They kick my butt but I love them. In fact, that’s one of the reasons I love trail running. It’s so much different than road running. I just wish I weren’t so ADD about running. I tend to love whatever race/type of run I’m currently running. 😀
I finished 13 minutes after the time I told Dad. I was very optimistic so I didn’t care. I grabbed a bottle of water and drank it as quickly as I could. That other runner I’d passed finished soon after. Both of her knees were covered with blood and dirt. If I thought I was hardcore last year…she definitely showed me up.
I am so proud of my performance in this race, especially when I compare my performance to last year. I am a much stronger runner now and that makes me very, very happy.
I finished a longer race almost a minute faster!
Up next? Charity Chase Half Marathon (I’ve heard it’s hilly. Yay!)