When I got to the park, I picked up my bib and then casually talked to another runner about the course. Was it technical? Single track? I was told that there would be a creek crossing, over a mile of single track trail, and many trees to hop over/duck under. After getting back to my car, I decided to wear my friend's trail shoes that she lent me the night before. I hadn't ever worn them, or even the brand (they were Asics, and I wear Newton most of the time, but also run in Saucony and Mizuno shoes occasionally). I had one goal for this race: run under 31 minutes, or under a 10:00 mile pace.
As we were called over to the start line, I looked around and decided to line up in about the third row. I'm glad I did, because after the director said "go" there was a sharp right turn immediately, followed by the creek crossing.
Thinking, "How do I get across?"
Hmm....I hope this works
These were some of the guys near the front crossing. I wasn't too far behind the guy in hot pink.
It was harder to get up the bank after the creek crossing than I anticipated.
After the creek crossing, we looped back around to a long section of single track trail. There were some trees to jump over, and duck under, in this section. I got behind a guy going slower than I wanted to go, but couldn't pass him. I was finally able to scoot around him around around the 1 mile mark.
I felt like I was doing an obstacle course instead of racing.
After the first mile was over, I was finally able to get into a nice groove. We ran on a path, and not single track trail, which was nice. I was able to pass some people. After mile 2, we were back on the single track trail, except this time I had passed enough people that I didn't have any issues. There was a guy in my sight that led the way for me so I knew which way to run. We didn't have to cross the creek a second time, but just looped around to the finish.
According to my Garmin, I finished in 23:33. According to the clock that was placed on the ground when I crossed, I ran a 23:43. According to website, I ran a 23:07. I finished 2nd female overall, but the results say 3rd. However, I could care less. This race was for fun. I had a lot of fun, and can foresee trail races like this in my future.