For 20 glorious hours, I thought I had won this race. I finished, they gave me an age-group medal, and then I consulted the results board and realized I’d won the whole thing, so they gave me a bigger medal and a water bottle!
Keepin’ it classy with the plastic bag still on the medal!
Then I woke up Sunday morning, checked the official results on the website and discovered I’d actually finished second by 6 minutes. Apparently someone had dropped down from the 50K during the race, but it wasn’t in the computer until later, which is why it looked like I’d won. So I took second. It was still an awesome race.
I was actually supposed to run a different trail race (a half marathon) but it got cancelled, so I signed up for this one at the last minute. The best part? Aron and Jana were running it too!
The first two miles were pretty flat and paved. I was FREEZING and wasn’t really into it. I wondered if I could live with myself if I decided to not add the extra loop and just finish the half marathon instead. I decided I couldn’t, and as soon as we turned onto the dirt trails, things got a lot more fun.
There were some amazing views of the city across the bay, and the trail wound through beautiful eucalyptus and oak forest. In the last trail race I ran, the trail was a lot more exposed, but I like running through trees much better.
I had a water bottle full of Nuun so I didn’t stop at the first aid station. From there the trail went up some insane switchbacks and then wound back down into the valley. I took some animal crackers and Mountain Dew at the second aid station. There is not much I appreciate more than a cold soda while trail running!
(Notice the shirt tied around the waist? Yeah, I thought I’d need it but wore it for about 12 minutes before we hit the sun and I regretted that decision. Oh well.)
Some more beautiful winding ups and downs through the forest and I was at the final aid station. I refilled my water bottle and focused on staying strong the last 4 miles. I had run 15ish miles the weekend before but my legs are totally not used to going long, so they were definitely pretty tired. The last couple miles were on paved trail again and I was excited to finish.
I rounded the final corner and saw Mike and Ellie, dashed to the finish, and promptly grabbed a couple handfuls of M & Ms. Trail races have the best food!
This race was a TON of fun. Inside Trail hasn’t been around for long, but they know how to put on great events!
18.4 miles in 2:52:46
1st Age Group