Saturday, January 9, 2010

Race Report - Bridle Trails 10 miler

The quick and dirty: The race didn't start until 3pm. I don't like late race starts. I have no idea how to handle the nutrition. Pre race Fuel: I had a little leftover mac n' cheese from dinner last night for breakfast and the usual 2 cups black coffee. I was basically waiting around for this race, which I never like doing. I like to get up and get going. None of this procrastinating workouts. Anyways, I also had a half of an english muffin with pb at noon, and then the other half at 12:30. That was it until the race start at 3. Not enough calories!
At the park:

The trail head was about an hour away so we got there pretty early. Got checked in and then hit the head -- meaning woods. I'll take the woods over port-o-johns any day. The woods are WAY more sanitary and really, if somebody gets an eye full of my merchandise then good for them. (sidenote, my girlfriend in the pink waited in line and it took her ~15 minutes. My trip - less than 5. more sanitary and faster. no-brainer for me. everytime, even at road races I always manage to find a bush no pun intended.)

Anyways, the only downside to my 'woods are superior to port-o-johns' theory was that on my way to the woods I walked through a ditch that turned out to be about 6" deep of muck. One foot got it.

Before

The course:

The course was a 5 mile loop. There were three options: 5 miles, 10 miles, 30 miles. I had two loops to complete. It was MUDDY. fun muddy. Supper muddy. fun muddy. The first loop was good. No problems. My calves and the general surrounding lower leg parts were tired from all the maneuvering and gradient changes. Hopping around trying to avoid roots and downhill mud slides that would love to do nothing but make you fall on your ass and slide down.

The second loop was a little more challenging. Up in the north our sun sets early in the winter. As in by 5 pm it's dark. Knowing this, I brought my headlamp, but because I'm a moron I didn't put it on. When I was coming through for my second loop I thought about putting it on and actually started heading for the parking lot but a few feet into it I changed my mind and decided I was going to keep going and get it over with. Idiot.

By mile 6 I was famished. I had 2 shot blocks with me (one of which I took at mile 5) and I was fading fast. I was trying to keep pluggin' along to beat the daylight but I was tired and hungry and bottom line - lazy. It was a training run and in all honesty, I wasn't taking it very seriously. By mile 7 it was getting dark very fast and every time somebody passed me with a headlamp I would try to hold their heels as long as possible but those ultra-freaks were fast. Too fast for me.

I was trying to run for a mile and then walk for a few seconds. Some parts I had to walk because they were too gnarly and it was too dark. Lots of roots and technical terrain to deal with. I was worried about injury. Plus, you couldn't tell if that was a pile of mud or a pile of steaming horse shit. (it's not called "bridle trails" for nothing - the trial is surrounded by beautiful horse stables). Anyways, since it was dark I couldn't a)see my garmin to tell me what mile I was on and b)see the trial to determine what part of the trail I was on. They started to put glowsticks up on the trail about every 50 feet to keep us on track but it wasn't really lighting the way. More like guiding me in the general direction.

I finally made it to the finish.

After
Post race thoughts: I actually really liked the vibe when it was dark and I would love to do another trail run in the dark, but only with a headlamp. moron.
final stats:
9.41 miles (um, not 10 miles but whatev)/2:01 total time/179 bpm (kicked up training this week and my heart knows it!) /3,882 ft elevation gain/12:55 pace
BTW, you guys don't miss a beat. I said 'only' 10 miles because next weekend I have a 17 mile trial race scheduled. Fother Mucker.
Fist Pump.

18 comments:

Jocelyn said...

Wow! How crazy - in a good way - does that race sound. And FUN! I'm glad you enjoyed getting all dirty! Kick butt on your 17 miler next week

Running and living said...

the race sounds fun! congrats on finishing, it's so tough without enough calories. and, i do exactly the same thing as you about peeing at races....rarely used the portapotty.

ultrarunner (Brian Philpot) said...

That's what is great about trail races, you can be nude or pee allover and it never hit's the web. lol I know I have given a eye full or not. lol Funny post!

Niki said...

Great job girl! That sounds tough! I don't think I could do trail races because I hate to get dirty, as in muddy! That sounds so girly but seriously, I despise it! Think it comes from too many days muddin on a 4 wheeler in high school! Ha! But anyway, great race report! You had me laughing a lit, especially about porta potties vs the woods!

Jody said...

Porto pottys are for suckers!

Hi! I'm Erin said...

You are hardcore!

I'm not a fan of late start races. I never eat enough, either. You think I'd learn!

ShutUpandRun said...

You are a STUD. Another race next weekend? Good for you. Are you going to wash your shoes?

Alisa said...

Wow lady you are on fire with the trail running. I don't know how you guys do it. Just bought my hubs some trail shoes for his 50k.

As far as the woods vs. the john, I think I'll wait for the john I get stage fright and don't think I could go in the woods if I knew there were other people around. Camping is hard enough let alone if I had to run 10 miles.

Can't wait to hear about the 17 mile race!

Amanda said...

Great job! I get your mindset about the headlamp...do I stop and mess with it or just keep running and get it over with? I do that sometimes with going to the bathroom...never a good idea to wait. I too much prefer the woods for a bathroom, especially in running skirts...just pull the panty part over, pee and your done just as quick as the guys.

KAT said...

HAHA I love going in the woods- except for one time, I went right by a snake hole..that wasn't fun. AWESOME JOB on your race- holy crap, trail races are intense! And thats crazy you used to live in VA beach... We SO could've bounced around Downtown Suffolk like ballers, haha. Yeah, don't judge me bc I'm from Suffolk, please...

Molly said...

all that mud slinging sounds like a good time! I think you were smart to take it easy towards the end, the last thing you want in an injury!

cute tatoo...

Jon Gilchrist said...

heluva-n-effort...good luck with your time trial race this weekend....

Amanda said...

Haha NO we didn't paint the kitchen that color. I like colored walls but that was the strangest, brightest red orange color..and the carpet in the next room was maroon..horrible!

X-Country2 said...

Awesome! Those shoes got worked.

Meg said...

I love your well-worked over shoes, they look great! Getting muddy and dirty makes me feel like I accomplished something and it looks like you did! I love the late start time, that's my kind of race and it's on trail, double fun!
More fun next week, sounds great!

Missy said...

Double fist pump biatch! Way to get your bad ass on. I LOVE it, you know I do.

Watched Jersey Shore last nite and thought of you and Chloe;)

Chic Runner said...

DANG! Way to go! That is amazing even with all that mud and I'm glad you liked the trail race. :) Great job!

aron said...

YAYYYY!!! arent the trails SO fun! you did great girl - love the mud :)