In case you missed my tweets after the race this morning, it did not go as planned and I ended up only doing the 5-mile portion. I had intended on doing the 10-mile portion. S0 here is what happened.
Alarm went off at 4:30am (ugh super early), I rolled out of bed at 4:47am, got dressed, put my hair up, ate a power bar (cookies and cream), chugged water and left to drive to peninsula at 5:30am.
I have been to Peninsula, OH maybe 3 times in my life so I was relying heavily on my garmin (car GPS not my watch GPS) to get me there. After almost an hour drive my Gamin told me I was there. I certainly was not there, I was on some random road and could see no park entrance or signs nearby. I drove on for a couple miles and decided I was heading in the wrong direction and would need to turn around. Except the first place I found to turn around was the place I needed to be! What are the chances. Arrival time 6:15am.
When I arrived it was raining, not pouring just raining but the sun was also just beginning to come out and there were not a lot of clouds so I was sensing it would stop soon.
So I went and picked up my packet, which consisted of a race shirt and bib. The shirt is easily a new favorite of mine ( I am actually wearing it right now, love it!)
After I grabbed my packet I waited in my car until about 7am to seek shelter from the rain. But I got brave and left my car at just in time to see the start of the 2-mile dog run. I may or may not have been creeping on dogs and picking out the ones I would like to have.
Finally, at about 7:30 my race was set to begin. I headed down to the start area which consisted of climbing down a giant hill…..which would be the start of many hills I would need to climb
At this point of this post I need to let you know that I am not an experienced trail runner. Most of the trails I have “trained” on are flatish and gravel (no grass or hills). The only trail race I have ever done was only 4 miles and consisted of 1 dirt hill.
When the race started it was different from the road races I am used to. Everyone was really relaxed and most of us were single file as the race started. I trudged up that first hill and was surprised that people were walking up it, it was the first hill of the race, how could people be walking. After the first hill we ran across a grassy area and then entered the woods where the real trail running would begin.
I instantly loved running in the woods. It was a challenge, there were roots everywhere and the ground was pretty wet and muddy from the morning thunderstorms we had. My pace instantly slowed down while in the woods. I had to pay so much attention to everything around me. I even ditched my headphones for this race.
The first mile felt like it took forever. It was probably one of my fastest miles of the race but it was very hilly and made me pretty tired. However, it only got hillier after that. By mile 2 I had no idea how I would tackle those hills a second time. I was having trouble picking up my legs high enough and not trip over roots and such.
After running through more puddles and going up and downstairs and climbing over trees that were down on the course I was barely at 3 miles. I remained positive and ignored the times that my garmy was telling me and pushed on. By mile 4 I was seeing a lot of people walking. It was only a 10 mile race how could you be walking at mile 4 already. Not gonna lie, I wished I was walking my legs were feeling incredibly heavy.
I made a deal with myself at this point that if I could finish the first 5 mile portion without walking that I could take walk breaks on the hard sections of the race for the second half. Unfortunately, when I got to about mile 4.6 I decided that I was done and that the trails had got the best of me. I was beat. I crossed the finish line and hung my head and sadly walked away in defeat.
I was highly disappointed in myself for only doing the 5 mile portion. I avoided talking to any other runners after the race because I was so upset. As I slowly made my way back to the finish area I talked with some other runners who had also switched and did the 5 instead of the 10. Talking with them made me feel a lot better that I was not the only one who wimped out and I was not alone in feeling guilty for not doing the 10 mile.
I also received this tweet that really made my day and made me feel 110% better! Thanks Roxetta!
@MojaMala2 Don’t feel bad! At least you got out and did it. Trail running is tough! That’s why they always have the option to stop early!
My official time for the race is not posted yet but my garmy tells me it was about 56 mins. I usually run around 37 mins for a road race 5 miler so that tells you just how hard it was.
Justin wins the Beast award for this race because he took of and rocked the entire race and completed the 10 mile portion!
Moja wins the Safety award for taking all precautions on the trails.
While running this race I highly questioned ever running a trail race again. however, I have decided I need to practice my trail running and need to get my revenge on this race and try out some other trail races. These things are super tough and I love me a good challenge.
Now I am off to run a 5K in one of my favorite neighborhoods, Lakewood! So yes I am running 2 races in 1 day, yes I am crazy, yes I am loving every minute of it!
Have you ever ran 2 races in 1 day? how about 2 races in 1 weekend?