Saturday I ran my last race of the year, the Otter Creek Trail race. They have an 8.5, 17, or 26.2 option. I decided to do the 8.5 since I hadn't been on a trail in ages.
Come to find out, I was so glad I was only doing the 8.5!
They don't post a picture of the elevation chart online, and now I know why!
|(From my Runkeeper)|
Friday night Melissa and I went out to do some carb loading and some shopping. I stayed out way too late for having to wake up at 4:45 the next day!
Saturday morning I picked up Tyler and we drove a little over an hour to the race. It was cold. 30 degrees cold. I came prepared though. I had on a long sleeved shirt, a sweatshirt, a hat, earmuffs (that doubled as speakers), gloves and handwarmers. Oh, and my hoorag. (Which was awesome!)
For many miles I was alone, I couldn't see anyone in front of or behind me. It was absolutely amazing. Just me, in the cold, silent, beautiful woods, watching the sun come up.
I only fell once, as I was running downhill on some rocks and slipped, but I got up and kept on running. Thankfully no one was around to witness that either. :)
What was crazy was when a few guys ran past me, on their second time around- and they were still running!
I finished in 2:16. I was hoping for 2, but didn't really know what to expect. This was definitely a hard race, but I absolutely loved every second. I love doing things that challenge me, that push me, make me work harder, and are different from what I normally do.
I have a feeling I'll do this race again next year, just so I can get a better time!
Tyler, on the other hand, came in 3rd place overall! I knew he would either win it, or come in 2nd or 3rd. He is a beast. There were a little over 200 participants.
This was a great trail race for beginners. Cynthia, the race director was amazing. After the race there was a chili cookoff, with many different kinds of chili. I didn't eat any, chili is the last thing I wanted when I was done! So we grabbed some water and banana's and called it a day.
I was disappointed they had run out of medals by the time I got there. (Why has this been happening to me lately? Lol!) The medals were wooden, made by local school students.
But hey, they gave me a workout dvd instead. Ha!
I had a great time. Loved being on the trails again. I've gotta get back out there again soon, there is nothing like it!
When was the last time you were on a trail?