Resolution Run 5k January 29, 2011

 

Happy Saturday! It’s a beautiful 69 degrees here today! I am loving this! So, Bobby and I did something kind of silly this morning, we ran a 5k race! I happened to see a flyer for one and so we registered on a whim. It was benefiting the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. I was excited because I haven’t run a 5k since last May and I have gotten faster. I have been running training run 5k’s around 28 minutes, so I knew in race atmosphere I could crush my old PR. The flyer said “5k run trough Terra Bella Neighborhood.” Oh…little did we know….

We got there early because I wasn’t sure about traffic, and it was cold! about 29 degrees. We parked, went and got our race packets and went back to the car (and heater) to put on our bibs and chill for a bit.

Bobby ALWAYS struggles with his race bib…

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Ready to go! In my cute new shirt (Thanks Heather E!) and my sparkly headband (thanks to my favorite across the pond runner!)

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A few minutes before the start we took some GU and Powerade and got in line for the bathrooms…That is when we first heard “the news.” A guy was talking to another guy about how they had to put some hay down on all the muddy parts of the trail…HUH? mud? TRAIL? Um…the flyer said NOTHING about this, it said through a NEIGHBORHOOD not an off road expedition!

At this point, we weren’t sure exactly HOW much of the race was on a “trail.” Maybe just a little part? We were about to find out! Well…we started out on a road…I knew we were in trouble when the announcer explained things to us before the race…to look for the ribbons on the trees marking the trail…huh? and the orange spray paint on the levee….what?!? This was NOT a good sign.

I kissed Bobby, told him to have a good race and to be careful, and the gun went off and I took off. I started out way to fast. I was nervous about this off road stuff and knew I had to make up time. When I realized I was going at a 7:30 pace, I slowed myself down. bobby had forgotten his Garmin so he was going WAY to fast. He was way up ahead of me, but nothing I could do! I SO wish I had my camera to take pictures of all the surfaces we had to run on.

So the first about .65-.70 were on a road. this was good…maybe I was right about just a little of it being on a trail. We got to almost the front of the neighborhood, so I assumed we were about to go out on the main road. Not so much! We turned off into the empty lots and into the mud. It was that uneven dried mud/dirt with grass growing out of it, so it was very uneven, an they had put hay on it so I couldn’t see/tell where the uneven parts were, so I just kind of hopped along jumping and dodging the best I could. I hit one mile, and had kept a 9:02 pace, even with over a quarter mile being in the mud. I was hoping it was fast enough to make up for the time I knew I was losing. I thought that was the worst part, haha! after we hit mile one we took a turn to the right. This is where a trail was cut out through the mud and trees with a 4-wheeler, and we had to jump over SIX ditches of water. No joke. six! I felt like a hurdler! My ankles and IT band were screaming, and my poor ankles just kept wobbling every time I landed. I rolled them a couple of times, but I think it scared me more than anything.

After the hurdling came the woods. We hit some thick woods and an old cross country trail with steep up and down dips. The trail was covered in leaves, and a couple of times on the downwards parts I slipped on the wet leaves and almost busted my butt. I hated having to go so slow but I was so scared of hurting myself! There were a couple of times in the trail that I wasn’t sure what way to go and I just kind of stopped and looked/thought about it for a minute then went again.

I finally made it out of the woods and ended up on a levee going around a lake. The surface here was a mixture of sand and thick thick high grass, but at least it was a little more level than the mud but the sand and grass were so hard to run through. About this point Bobby yelled at me from the other side of the lake and I waved and kept going. I wasn’t THAT far behind. About midway through the levee fun we hit mile 2. I made it around the rest of the lake and at about mile 2.8 we were back on the road. I tried to run as fast as I could to make up time, but there wasn’t enough of the race left for me to make up enough time. I saw the clock in the upper 29’s and I sprinted to the end RIGHT at 29:59. WOO HOO at least I broke 30:00!

They had chic fil a, fruit, water, etc. We hung out for the awards because I thought I may have placed. This was my next annoyance with the race. Most races I have run do 5 year age group increments. 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc. Well, this race did 15 and under, 15-19, then it jumped to 20-29 and 30-39! What the heck? I ended up getting 4th in my age group but if they WOULD have done it 20-24 and 25-29, I would have gotten 2nd and gotten a medal WWWAAAHH! I was so sad. I was 13th female overall. Sad smile Bobby though ended up getting 2nd in his age group and he did get a medal! Yay Bobby! He normall runs 23’s and he ran a 26 something. I know on a road I would have probably run a sub 27, so I was really bummed. I was ready to crush my PR! I still PR’ed barely, but I was not expecting all of this craziness!

Apparently no one knew this was going to be a trail race, and a lot of people seemed to be unhappy about it. I won’t be doing this next year!

Yay Bobby!

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All done!! My first trail race! (I somehow got mud on my ankles?)

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SO, that is my first trail race experience…I will NOT be doing that again. If you know me you know I have very loose ligaments in both my ankles anyway. I am already getting sore! So, then I come home, take a shower, and proceed to fall down the stairs. Awesome. Now I will REALLY be sore tomorrow! (I am ok, not the first time I have done that…and Bobby did it LAST weekend and has a huge bruise on his butt. What is wrong with us?!?)

QOTD: Thoughts on trail running? Have you ever done it?

Comments

  1. Great job despite the awful conditions. I am not a fan of trail racing either. It’s dangerous and you have to go slow. No fun. Beyond amazing you PR’d though. Be happy!

  2. That happened to me on a race I ran on my last birthday when I turned 26. It was a 10km and I had no clue that half of it was in trails with a lot of steep ups and downs. So not cool. But I was a trooper and finished proudly. However, I didn’t have to dodge puddles and mud. It was fairly dry for me.

    Good job on finishing strong with that sprint at the end!

  3. After reading “Born to Run” I have been intrigued by trail running, but I have a weak ankle and worry about injuries, just like you. Maybe someday I’ll build the confidence to do more trail running, but for now running around the city appeals to me most. Good work getting through the course injury free, with a good time! Sometimes a surprise like that can mentally throw you off so that you don’t run well, but obviously you triumphed.

    • I think that was a lot of it. when we turned off the road and i realized what was going on it just kind of crushed me mentally a bit, but I kept going!
      maybe if you wore a brace or something on your ankle? but some say that makes you weaker, so IDK. hhmm

  4. I used to love trail running! I never ran track because it was just running in circles, but cross country was my thing. I used to always love exploring the woods, however, I can imagine it would stink to have your mind prepped for a road race and it not be one.

    • A trail wouldn’t have been so bad in itself, but all the other “obstacles” were not fun haha! plus the wet.
      thats why i sprinted in HS. I didn’t even go a full lap around the track!

  5. I like trail running for a change of pace (there are a lot of running trails around here) but only when I know it will be dry and definitely not for racing. You really need to be able to see the trail to avoid ditches, tree limbs, etc. and I wouldn’t want to need to pay attention to that during a race. Yikes, good for you PRing despite the mud!

  6. Sounds like an adventurous race and you PR’ed! Congrats!
    Bad on the race directors though for not publishing an accurate description of the course though!

    I used to run track and CC in high school too…sprinter in track though and much preferred that at the time. I remember being upset when the coach moved me from 100m and 200m dashes to the 400m dash!

    • oh I despised the 400! I ran the 100 and 200, but one time I had to fill in for the 4 x 400 meter relay. Oh the misery haha! I tried to sprint the whole thing the same as I sprint a 100, didn’t work!
      and thanks!

  7. Oh, I’ve been meaning to ask you – what kind of watch do you wear?

  8. Way to go! WOW, I don’t know how I would have handled that terrain. I think you did great. I am sorry that you are sore and then fell down the stairs, ouch. I hope you feel better soon. Congrats to your hubby!

  9. Ive never run a trail race or any un/paved trail… but when I run around my town its hit or miss with the surfaces.. I run road, gravel, dirt, grass, sticks, etc. Thats as close to trail as it gets for me, but Im totally interested in doing them.. Like you though, I dont want it to be a surprise!! Sounds like you did excellent despite the conditions.

  10. Sounds like quite an adventure! Great job for sticking it out! My first 5K was a trail race. It was so hard! I had only ever run on the street, so I was really unprepared. I signed up for a road race one week later and it was SO much better!

  11. Good for you for sticking with it! If i found out it was a trail race the morning of, there’s a good chance I would have wimped out. I’ve never done a trail race, maybe someday :)

  12. This is why I fear really small new races. You never know who is coordinating them or if they know what they’re doing. I myself have never done a trail race. I’m a klutz so I’m afraid of tripping on a root or something, although I probably should give it a try at some point, right? At least you got to experience something new! :)

    • yes this was a small race, I think they had it one other year, but the flyer said nothing about trails! I thought about sending them an e mail saying they should warn people!

  13. That is ridiculous that it wasn’t advertised as a trail run! Someone could really have gotten hurt. Great job getting through it though!

  14. Sorry about the unexpected conditions of your 5K, but congrats on the finish! I love trail running. I don’t get to do it as often as I would like as it is not something I would do alone for safety reasons. One of my goals this year is to complete a trail marathon. Trails can be fun, but they do need to be trained for so hopefully you will get another chance to run one more prepared so you can have fun too.

  15. Great job on pushing through it, yay to Bobby for getting a medal! :) I’d be sooo annoyed not knowing it was a trail race. :( I totally count them in a separate category when I talk about PRs…. 5k road race, 5k trail race…two TOTALLY different things! :)

  16. That headband looks great on you! :)

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