Taking to the Trails

On Saturday May 10th I woke up at 6am thinking

Oh god what have I done? This isn’t going to go well I’m going to fall and be slow and it’s going to be horrible

These thoughts continued to run through my head as I ate my Special K but I told myself that I’ve done that distance, i ran tuesday and managed to survive and plus Brittany would be running with me and I would make it through ok.

My Dad gave me a lift to Brittany’s place which was only 20 minutes away from where the race started. We got into her adorable green car and drove off!

We arrived there after 8 with plenty of time to park, hit the washroom and pick up our bibs (curse me for forgetting cash so I wasn’t able to purchase anything but I should save anyway!)

The package pick up line although long I only waited about 10 minutes. I also got a coveted buff which I already love and prefer (I love collecting shirts but it’s nice to change it up!)

The start of the race!
The start of the race!

It was lightly raining and was not as cool as I originally anticipated but I still chose to rock my Whidbey Island longsleeve if only for the concern that it might rain more later.

These shoes would eventaully be covered in mud..and very wet
These shoes would eventaully be covered in mud..and very wet

The race started in 915. I purposely put myself at the back knowing that I am infact a slower runner. I ran nonstop to the best of my ability only walking up the last major hill. I enjoyed running through the rivers, the cold water felt amazing on my feet oddly enough. Besides I had packed extra socks so I mean what’s the big deal?

Special shoutout to Brittany for being an amazing buddy!
Special shoutout to Brittany for being an amazing buddy!

Once we really got into the trails I barely noticed the rain. I kept looking at my surroundings. I also enjoyed my various friends running past saying “Go Melissa go!” Even people I didn’t know cheered us on!

However the highlight was one of the course marshalls complemented me on my lipstick ! Alongside my red shoes!

The course overall was tough but manageable. The worst hill was right at the end but this was at the top

Made the climb all the more worthwhile
Made the climb all the more worthwhile

After that it was a steady downhill and next thing I know I’m pushing myself for the last 400m to have a strong finish!

Total time: 1 hour 34 minutes. Not bad considering it’s my first ever trail race! Especially when I signed up just to join along with all my twitter friends

The post run food was amazing and just the energy from everyone there. It’s definitely one of the smaller races I’ve attended but I liked the intimacy !

Finish line shot rocking my Buff!
Finish line shot rocking my Buff!

After this event I’m seriously considering registering for Alice Lake, I’ve been told that’s the fastest out of all of them. Here’s hoping I can swing that Saturday off !

Either way this has got me wanting to run more trails and push myself to get out of my usual 10 & 1 routine !

Change is good! I’ll definitely need to work on this more as I train for Concrete Hereo!

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