I hear about this race every year but this year I finally signed up for it. It is run on a local trail that is actually where I had my trail running debut in 2011. I decided to do this race a long time ago and signed up nice and early. I like to put my money down early so that I feel committed to a race. My training was pretty consistent and I got out to the actual trail whenever I could. I thought that a 10:00 min/mile pace was a good goal which put me finished in about 2:20. I got to the race around 6:00 AM for a 7:00 AM start because I needed to pick up my race number. I headedup tot he start and waited with all the others
After a couple sportive messages from my husband and coach the gun went off and down we went. I chose not to run with music for this race. I won’t be able to run with music at Ironman Arizona so I figured I better start practicing. Also, recently I have found the music to be distracting. I really wanted to pay attention to how I was feeling and be aware of people passing me on the trail.
I switched the screen on my Garmin 910 so that all I could see was my HR zone and the current lap time and distance. I worked very hard to pace evenly and not go out to fast . I knew what the climbing was like and I didn’t want to walk it. I felt great and just kept chugging. Around 60 minutes in and at a very steep point in the trail I had to walk so I used that opportunity to have a Salted Caramel GU. No problems at all. Once we reached the top I flew (relatively) down the hill. I really wanted to take advantage of the downhill section. After one last little up and out we were back on the streets and cruising down back to the start. I did all I could to pass as many people as I could and even had one little burst at the very end to keep from getting passed in the finishing shoot. I stopped my watched and was so excited to see the time. 2:03 and change!
I did so much better than I expected! This race was a real ego boost after having a couple years of not-so-great running. I beat what I thought I could do by a good 15 minutes and felt completely in control of the whole entire race from start to finish. I also did it with a lower average HR than usual (175). Garmin data here.
First race of the year….Tick!
Here is a video someone took during the race. I saw this guy pass me a couple times. I don’t know him but it shows the course pretty well.
(Also, I have no sound on the machine I am writing this on so I haven’t listened to the audio. If he is crazy talking, let me know and I will remove the video)