Meanwhile, Cort and Reid enjoyed crawling on a blanket in the shade while Pierce hit the playground. Ahhhhh. Must've been nice.
The first loop of the course went okay, even though I was slow. I walked some of the hills, which I pretty much never do, but it was HOT! There was virtually no breeze - I think I felt a breeze twice during the run, and then for only a couple of seconds. Every time I took a sip of ice cold water from my Camelbak, though, I felt slightly revived. My legs were tired in spite of 2 days off from running. Not sure what was going on there.
At the halfway point, we had to run by the finish line, and I was tempted to call it a 10K and quit, but I knew I would've beaten myself up for the next year if I'd done something that wimpy.
Here I am, just past halfway.
During the second loop I started tripping frequently. I was just worn out from the heat, and didn't have the greatest foot placement. I think I was also draggging my feet some.
I ended up falling twice! Unheard of!
I sure was glad when I crossed the finish line.
Sadly, I ran a new personal worst by THIRTY minutes.
I don't know what to think.
Yeah, the conditions were awful, it was hilly, it was trails, and the course was long (about 13.25) and so forth and so on.
But honestly, I never would've thought I could've run a half that slow. I really need to start evaluating what I'm putting in to my runs more, and trying to get things together a little better.
Below is me with Trina, so happy to have survived.
Trina runs a lot of trail races, and she said it was the worst race she'd ever run...just because of the heat.
She also said, "Look at it this way, next year if you do this again you're guaranteed an instant PR on this course". I like having positive friends!
Seriously, 90* is pretty dang gnarly.
The race was well organized and I love my new t-shirt which says I heart MUD and I'm a Trail Nut.
If I run this again, I think I'll wait to see the weather forecast before I sign up though.