I was practically naked compared to everyone at the race yesterday but my body temperature raises 20 degrees within 5 strides of a race so I tend to stick to shorts and a tank no matter what the temperature is. I am crazy.
The race started at 9 which was perfect because I had more than enough time to get Brooke ready, eat and drive the ten minutes to the course. As we were driving to the course I forgot my headphones (I simply CANNOT run fast without music) and so we went back to the hotel and still made it to the race in plenty of time. I also forgot my sunglasses which is another thing I must run with and Elizabeth gave me hers to use for the race… now that is friendship.
The first four miles of the course were uphill which was hard mentally and physically because my legs started feeling really fatigued within the first 20 minutes of the race and that caused my brain to think silly thoughts like wanting to lay in the gutter and call my mom and Brooke to come pick me up and go get apple pies. Somehow I pushed those thoughts out and I think the scenery had a big part to do with that.
I am proud to say that I fueled like a champ. I always struggle with keeping on top of my fuel intake during a race because my stomach does not feel like eating but yesterday I started fueling at about mile 4.5 because those hills took so much energy out of me that I wanted to make sure that I didn’t let my energy get too low and so I wouldn’t bonk. It definitely helped. I used THESE gels and also shot blocks. I do need to drink more water next time… I probably took in about 2 ounces of water total, oops.
For the first couple of miles Elizabeth and I ran next to each other and then we kept switching off back and forth in leading.
And then this monstrosity set of hills came up and she took the lead by about 25 seconds for the remainder of the race. Girlfriend eats hills for breakfast.
The course was ridiculously beautiful. I cannot say enough good things about how amazing the scenery was and how organized the course was.
I was MORE than happy to cross the finish line…. training at sea level and racing at 3,000 feet above sea level was an interesting feeling. I am also REALLY motivated to do a trillion more hills each week because I have a lot of work to do in that area but the crazy thing is I am excited to really challenge myself and see what I can do. We climbed almost 1200 feet throughout the course which is 500 more feet than I did at my trail race last month.
She took first overall and I came in second!! Awesome huggingfest at the end of the race. We both really wanted a sub 1:30 but at the finish we both were just happy with how we really pushed ourselves!
The bear next to us was tired and taking a nap.
And now for lots of pictures of some of the awesome friends that were made at the retreat!
The directors of She Runs. They are my life heroes. As you can tell I really hate not wearing sunglasses. This was only the second year of the race and it was absolutely flawless which is crazy because it takes a lot of trial and error to put on a good race but they nailed it.
And the awards ceremony. I got a Jet Flow hydration pack which is something I have really been wanting for trail running and a gift card for a running store. PS I really loved my PRO Compression short socks.
You know how during a race you promise yourself that you will never put your body through so much pain again and then 42 seconds after the finish line you are already thinking of what races you want to sign up for next? Yeah, that definitely happened to me yesterday. I am really excited to train hard!
Do you usually overdress (wear too much and end up getting hot) or underdress (people think you are going to freeze to death because it is really cold and you are wearing shorts and a tank) for your runs/races?
-Under and people always think I am crazy.
Ever ran a race with a friend or family member? Part of a race or the whole thing?
Question of the day: Would you rather run up a short and steep hill or a long gradual hill (both hills climb the same amount of feet) in a race or run?