My husband decided to do the 10k trail run too, so we got up early, dropped our boys off at my sister/brother in-laws house (we were staying in a hotel) and headed to downtown Salida. The weather was absolutely beautiful and was probably in the mid 50s when we got to town. We got to town about 30min. before the race start, registered my husband, and headed to a local cafe so my husband could get a cup of coffee. He's pretty addicted to the stuff...ha ha!
Check out our race swag:
Before we knew it, it was time to line up at the start line. The race director went over some rules (follow the flour arrows, pay attention to the signs, etc..) then said that we would be following the "expert" mountain bike course! WHAT?? EXPERT mountain bike course?? That is the first time I got a little nervous. Then, she said that there were no aid stations on the course. I looked around and noticed that hardly anyone had water with them. WHAT?? Now, I could probably run a 10k without water on a treadmill, but on the trails where there's no shade?! NO WAY! I was sooo glad that I had my Nathan waist belt with me. Finally, it was time to start!
Or, what I like to call a story of ups, ups, more ups, and a SWEET downhill!
We took off, crossed some railroad tracks, then turned onto a dirt road that went straight up. In the first half mile I was already sucking wind! The road just kept going up and up and I wondered if it would ever end. I knew that we had to go up in order to get to the actual trails, and I just kept hoping that the end would be soon. I actually passed a lot of people on that road, which was nice because once we got on the trail, there wasn't really any room to pass without stopping and getting out of the way.
|Those are the train tracks we crossed and the road we ran on before going UP the mountain. You can see in this picture how far up we will go!!|
I was able to run the entire race with the exception of one part. We came to this section of the trail that was literally straight up and totally sandy/rocky. There was no way to run up it. I had to pretty much use my hands to climb up it. That part totally zapped my legs and when I started running again I could feel my QUADS! OUCH! But, then there was this nice little downhill section that totally made up for it. Except, I tripped on a little rock and fell. It could have been worse, but I caught myself with my hand and escaped with just this: Phew!!
|This was part of the trail heading back to town. It was all downhill from this point on!|
I got some oranges, talked to some runners, and waited for my husband to finish. He was really nervous about this race because he hasn't run more than 4miles since his marathon in Jan, but he did awesome!
Trail 10k Time: 1:03
Division Place: 3rd in AG!! :)
For My Husband:
Time: 1:20 (I'm so proud of him!) :)
So, what shoes did I end up wearing???
An old pair of my trusty racing flats! I am sooo glad I wore these because 1) The VFF Bikilas and the Merrell Pace Glove trail shoes are both minimalist shoes. I was only up to 4.5miles on those and I just didn't want to risk getting an injury. 2) The terrain wasn't bad at all. We ran on a dirt road, and the trails were basically packed dirt with big rocks.
My shoes did awesome, even on the downhill! :)
But, look how dirty my feet got, even with socks on: BLAH!
And, check out my lovely salt stains from my visor. Usually, they look like rocky mountain peaks, but after that race, it's just disgusting!:
Geez, sweat much?? YUCK!!
All in all, it was an awesome race! I am so glad I decided to do it. If anything, it was just really nice to do something different-ya know? I've gotten so used to running my same routes, that this race kind of made me fall in love with running again. I foresee A LOT more trail running in my future! And who knows, maybe after IMAZ that will be my new focus?! :)