I had a great time though. This was my first ever trail race! I am fairly certain that the course was short a mile, but whatever. Still fun. It's not like it was a fully sanctioned race anyway.
|This is the race as seen by my GPS watch|
Miles 1-2.5 I may have been running a bit too fast for the distance. That always seems to happen at the beginnings for me. I slowed down a little bit after that. I also ate a gu because it was about 3 hours since I ate breakfast. I have to be on top of this whole fueling thing, right?
|The trail wound around and around and around|
Somewhere around mile 2 or 3 I got to jump some logs. I saw people going around (even though the flags clearly went over the logs) and I was all "MIGHT AS WELL! *Leap*!". One of the guys running about my pace saw me do this and I actually said "might as well" (sidenote: can that be a life philosophy? like, 10k or half marathon? Might as well do the half!). We chatted for about a mile but he sped up a bit or I slowed down, I don't know. I keep thinking of him as Aaron, but we didn't introduce ourselves so that is a completely made-up name.
|I didn't take this photo, Muddy Monk had photographers on the course. Race photos! for free :) This is a different log than which I speak of in the paragraph. But it was a fun log.|
I took a silly picture of myself while running, too (not my best, but I like it, so hey)(so attractive! swoon!).
|herp derp herp derp|
My GPS watch and the mile markers were severely not the same. As in, my watch beeped 4 miles when the closest sign said 5 miles. I had no idea when the end of the race was going to be!
I finished in about 1:02:00, which makes me slightly more convinced that it was not full distance, because I should have finished slower than my spring road-10k. Similar, but I go slower on trails, so the finish time should have been slower. I really don't know and I wish I did.
My teammates all finished before I did (all the 10K people were faster than me and the 5k people finished before because they only had half the distance) and they were cheering me on! I got finisher-mug. Which I promptly filled with pretzels.
Here is our team photo; I am the one in the obnoxiously bright yellow shirt. We all wore rugby gear. Part camaraderie, part advertising. It sort of worked to, because I talked with some ladies and they asked me if I was part of that big rugby group and I got to explain to them who were were! Chicago Women's Rugby Football Club, aka, CWRFC.
|Of course I'm in bright yellow :)|
All in all, successful Saturday. Oh and did I mention that the weather was cooperative too? It was in the 40s!
|The shirt! and my face again!|