Last month I ran the first race of this series and had a great time. Today Heidi and I came back to do it again*
I thought it was going to be much warmer. It was warmer at the start, but never quite warmed up like it did last time. I wore a tank top with arm warmers and was pretty happy about it (although I was pretty chilly before and after the race). The weather turned out to be perfect running weather: mostly overcast in the 50’s.
It was a little smaller than last month’s race. I’m not sure if people are running Catalina Marathon or tapering for LA (although this would be a great taper tempo run). It was such a nice, friendly atmosphere.
We started after listening to a recording of Carrie Underwood singing the Star Spangled Banner. There was very little fanfare and we were off.
As we headed into the single track and up the hill/stairs, the runners were moving a bit faster than last month. It didn’t feel like quite the bottleneck that it did last time. I felt like I was moving at a nice clip, alternating between power hiking and jogging up the hills. The trail widened into more of a fire road and runners were nicely spread out.
The hills were still a little steep, but weren’t quite as steep as I remember. I think the fact that I have run two other trail runs since the first one has changed my perspective on hills.
It still is no slouch of a hill....
It was a beautiful course. I think I am going to have to take my camera along on all trail races from now on!
I carried my water today so I didn’t have to stop at the water station. It made a difference and I was able to pass quite a few people that way. Once we hit mile two, the course went downhill and I was able to fly. It was fun. I think my confidence is increasing on the downhills.
The course went down a road for a while and then went back into single track. It was really fun. There were a couple of spots that had sand. That wasn’t so fun. I don’t remember that from last time. I think that it had rained the day before.
See that guy in the distance? I passed him at the end. Woo hoo! There was a guy right on my heels during the single track part. I kept moving over to the right to let him pass, but he didn’t. After a while, I decided that I didn’t want to let him. It was nice feeling “chased;” it kept me pushing myself.
*Kelly had stuff going on today and is also nursing a sore knee, so she didn’t make it with us.