The first race of the year!
My decision to participate was based on how my knees felt when I got out of bed in the a.m. They were pretty achy after Saturday’s trail run. Not sure if it was the trail or I may need to switch shoes, neither pair in rotation have much over 200 miles on them, so I’m not really sure what is going on. Both of them hurting equally is a little mysterious. Usually the left is achier than the right. Maybe the right was having sympathy pains for the left? After my run (6.2 on asphalt) today they felt like they normally feel. Probably the uneven surfaces.
All felt fine when I got out of bed, so off I went.
After 15 or 17 per Johnny (and Muddy) GPS math, on the trails I wondered how this concept of moving faster (it was a shorter distance) would process. It didn't process too quickly on my warm up, so I figured 35 minutes at the very most. Set your expectations low and you are bound to beat them, right? I didn’t look up what I ran on this course in 2012 before the race, I’m pretty consistently in the 10:30 neighborhood on shorter distance trail runs. I missed the race in 2013 (one of the 5 DNS) because I thought it was an 11 start and it was a 10 start or something like that, I remember 2012 being very late morning race. This prompted me to write the start time down to not have that problem again (Newport Bridge we will chalk up to alarm issues). Anyhoodles, 10:30 lands me shy of 33 minutes. We all run at our own pace! I’m done feeling out of place because of my pace!
We were warned there were a “few puddles” on the trail. I knew I should have run through the first few because the first big one wouldn't have been such a shocker. Just a little bracing. I may have yelped "son of a bitch" my go to swear phrase, actually my first as that is also one of my mother's go to swear phrases.
Nice course, sand, asphalt, crushed stone, venturing through an old flooded stone house, and back to the beach! I wanted to ditch the shoes, I prefer running the beach barefoot …
|Old Stone House & Beach Photo by Jana Walker|
Crutch met me with a few 10ths of a mile to go to run me in. This time my ‘don’t push me’ was in jest!
|The last few tenths of a mile... Photo by Jana Walker|
Results: WTAC for the overall and team win!!
|Team WTAC (Westerly Track and Athletic Club) Photo by Jana Walker|
The team won a case of yummy beer. Thanks for handing me a bottle Johnny, nice to be part of the team!! I enjoyed the benefit of running with fast boys while I knitted and watched Downton Abbey.
|The 26.2 from the glasses Joe made me is nearly visible!|
My results: 32:48 (10:35 pace) 2012 was 31:59 (10:19) 2 years younger and hadn’t run 17 on the muddy trails the day before. I’ll take this as a personal win, 49 seconds slower or not! I had a good time on a beautiful course on a beautiful January day with a group of great people.
Beth, with the first of a very very few race recaps for 2014.