“Okay big girl – you just passed them back – you better kick it up these hills and not be holding them up.”
And I think I was so worried that they’d catch back up with me I pretty much sprinted up the hill and continued to run strong for as long as I possibly could. Then when I could no longer see them, I tried to get back to a reasonable pace and get my HR under control. I knew I had another steep climb coming up, and went up it fairly strong, but I had forgotten that once you made it to the top, you had to continue to climb for probably another 300 yards. I think I was getting pretty tired by then, and stumbled across a root in the trail and took a spill. It didn’t hurt, though, just skinned my knee a little and got me all dusty. I jumped back up and took off, and then walked through the next water stop catching my breath. The volunteers at the water stops were great. They were all so nice. This one guy said “Carry the cup as far as you need to – I’ll come pick it up!!”
So I made my way back to the starting point, and then did another little loop at the start of the trail as instructed. We then had to cross the road, and run up the grassy hill to see the finish line. At this point I thought I was closer to done than I really was, and I was running out of gas fast. I continued on, though, and crossed the finish line in (official time). My Garmin must have lost signal several times on the trails, because it registered a little less than 9 miles – but I am pretty sure the distance was correct. My pace ended up being according to my Garmin, but when you calculate it with the correct distance, it is . I am VERY, VERY pleased with this. I have to admit, when I signed up for this race, not being trained for it, I just wanted to it in less than 2 hours. The last time I ran on the trails at the base my pace was 2min/mile slower than my road pace. This trail wasn’t as twisty as the base though, and definitely cleaner…so it was easier to keep a good stride. I felt good the entire race, though, and even felt stronger in the later miles. The garmin says my average HR was just 152, but when I looked at the lap totals and saw that it was 119 and 122 for miles 6 and 7, I tend to think there was a malfunction there. About halfway through the race the strap kept falling down, so I'd say it didn't work so well during that time. Anyways, all this was good enough to get me 2nd place in the 30-39 yr age group. First place was Leslie – who ran it in and change. There haven’t been any pictures or official results posted on their website yet, but I’ll share them when they are. Here is the data from Garmin:
Heart Rate and Elevation
Immediately after the awards ceremony, I was going to a charity benefit for one of my best friend’s sister who is battling cancer. There was no shower facility here, so I had to crawl into the woods with 3 water bottles and a bar of soap. As I was “showering” I washed a tick off my leg! It’s amazing how far I’ve come – if you had asked me 4 years ago if I’d ever be trying to take a shower in the woods with water bottles and soap, and washing ticks off my legs, I would’ve said you were crazy. And actually, I just thought I had gotten rid of the ticks…I was sitting down at the charity benefit and felt something crawling on my arm…and it was another tick!! I must not have good tastin’ blood for them, though, as none of them ever bit me. Come to think of it, I’ve never been bitten by a tick in my life.
So, I got home around , and we grilled out and practiced baseball until dark. I’ll go ahead tell you that I didn’t do the MTB race the next day, but more on that later…