Two races in one week= A really good week.
I met up with a few friends at 6:30, and we got in a 2-mile warm-up before heading to the starting line for race announcements. I had a few goals for the day:
*I didn’t want to fall and get hurt. I’m not in the mood to take time off from running during marathon training;)
*I wanted to keep my friend Jenn in sight for at least parts of the race. This would help me prevent getting lost (my #1 talent on trails), and if I accomplished this goal it would mean I put in a really hard effort because she is a beast on the trails.
*I wanted an average pace of 11:00 or faster.
I took a gel right before we started and had my handheld for water, but I remember wishing throughout the race that I wasn’t holding anything.
3.5 miles STRAIGHT up with a lot of crazy grass and a little less than 5 miles more gradual down and gorgeous flowers/views.
It was a 13k, and I finished in 1:27 with an average pace of 10:24 and 2,080 ft of climbing. My entire body was exhausted at the end of this race. Trail running requires every part of my body to be working to stay upright.
I took 4th female and hit 60.96 miles for the week with three solid efforts. Our group will go back to two hard efforts a week, but it was sure a fun/exhausting week of running.
You do so much winding in those final miles that you start feeling dizzy by the end.
After puzzling with Skye for a few hours and keeping Beck from jumping off the back of the couch, we left to celebrate our anniversary. We went to the Cliff Spa Snowbird, which was the perfect way to celebrate.
We had a couples massage, sat at the pool napping, and went to the steam room. We felt like new humans by the end.
A running pet peeve lately?
-I discovered this weekend that holding anything while running lately drives me crazy.
What was the highlight of your weekend?
Road races vs trail races… What do you prefer?
How often do you like to race?