What a fun race this was!
I was kinda excited on my stories last night right after finishing because I wasn’t expecting to have that much fun! Sorry if that was a little much! The excitement of having every foot placement being important and people swerving to avoid obstacles, and the steep climbs and people falling, it really got me pumped up.
This was my first trail race, so I learned a lot in the first mile of this race. I used to mountain bike, so the idea of looking down for roots, rocks and ruts wasn’t a foreign one, but I’ve never run or raced that way. So it was familiar...yet still very different. .
Adding to the coolness factor was that the race was at night, so you could only see the obstacles that were illuminated by someone’s light. There was absolutely no time to allow my thoughts to drift, I had to be 100% focused on the ground and people in front of me to avoid falling or colliding. I tried to catch a glimpse of my watch a few times to get the distance, But it was tough: just too much other stuff needed attention. This might be the first race where I have been completely in the moment for the entire race. It was exhilarating.
Having never run on trails, it hadn’t occurred to me how different passing is on a thin trail: you might not be able too when you want to; you have to find a place wide enough! So that was interesting and added something new for me to chew on while watching the ground whiz by in our little lighted circles.
I was also excited to be 23rd overall and first in my age group. I didn’t expect that!
So this race definitely goes on the “do again next year” list.