Literally and barely!
This race was the hardest thing I had ever done. The trail was up and down, this way and that way, and very narrow the entire time – plus there was tons of thick, slimy, sticky mud. So much that you ended up with a layer of mud on the bottom of your shoes, making everything slippery even when you were on the few patches of dry ground.
Mile 1 was insane: Everyone was trying to get onto the trail which was barely wider than your two feet side by side, and I ended up completely stopped not even 1/2 a mile into the race. Everyone was jammed up trying to get past this huge mud bog. Once we started going again, it wasn’t too bad.
Mile 2 – 4: Pretty good! Very muddy still and I definitely almost fell a bunch of times, but I was running with some people that were talkative, so that helped. I was feeling pretty good and staying on my goal pace when I could.
Mile 5 – 6: I broke down. My legs just did not want to go anymore. I feel like I used so much more energy just trying to stay on the trail, not run into trees and keep myself from falling in the mud every 5 seconds that I just ran out of energy. Right after hitting mile 5, there was this huge, muddy uphill run for at least 1/4 mile. I walked some of it. I probably walked more than I wanted, but I was having a hard enough time walking without falling on my butt that I could not try to run up the landslide hill. Around mile 5.5, I got a cramp in my right foot! You know those cramps when your foot just starts to curl up and it hurts really bad? yeah. That felt great while trying to stretch my foot out and running at the same time. Luckily, it didn’t last long. Right near the end of the race, Nick was waiting for me and he started cheering me on. I ran across the finish line and was so happy to be done.
Goals I made:
- I finished! and honestly, after running on that trail, that is a victory in itself.
- I only walked a little and only when I knew I could not make it running. I wanted to stop and walk a lot more than I actually did, so I am proud of that.
- I did not make it under an hour – I knew after starting the race and seeing the muddy trail that would not happen. BUT. I made it under 1:15, which was my “I hope I make this if the trail is super hard goal”
Final time: 1:13:10!!!
Nick got 3rd in his age group, and I got 2nd in mine! My first race medal!!!
the rest of the day included:
- driving to Farmville
- bought a kayak with money Nick had been saving + yard sale money + birthday gift money from his parents
- ate lunch + super early dinner
- drove 3 hours back home
- grocery shopping
- now finally home, about to take a shower, and spend time with my sister and her husband
I’m worn out! I’m going to sleep well tonight.
Thank you all for your notes and comments and good luck!!! I am glad I did it and that I finished and that I didn’t bust my face in the mud.
This girl needs some rest – see ya tomorrow!