This Saturday I ran my first trail race! I had expected it to be hard, but I didn’t expect it to be this hard! I never thought I would run a trail race. When I saw runners, I always thought trail runners looked even more intense than regular runners. When I signed up for this race, I was not going in with any time expectation, I just wanted to get one trail race under my belt. The race was originally slated to be an easy “beginner” 4.1 mile race at Rope Mill Park in Woodstock, GA. Due to heavy rain the past few weeks, that park was completely flooded so they moved it the week of the race to another park called Blankets Creek which was also in Woodstock. This course was not a “beginner” course. The new course was 4.5 miles and rated challenging. This was not what I had in mind for my first trail race!
On Saturday morning I got up at 6:30, ate my perfect bar for breakfast, and drank some Nuun Sport with caffeine, and tailwind endurance fuel. Then I headed to the park to meet up with my friend Rachel. Neither one of us had run a race like that before, so we didn’t know exactly what to expect. After the pre race announcements they released the runners doing the 8 mile race. Then we were allowed to start at 8:40. By mile 1, I knew I was in for a tough race. It felt like the entire course was made up of hills. By mile 2, my legs were burning. Every time I thought we were close to finishing, I’d look at my watch and see we still had pretty far to go. When we finally came around that final turn I sprinted into the finish. It was such a relief! After getting my post race drinks and snacks, my friend and I headed to a much earned breakfast at Maple Street Biscuit Company. It was so delicious and made running that race so much more worth it.
This race was far from fast, and I definitely want to brush my finish time under the rug, but I’m really glad I did it. It was fun, and I can’t wait to do even better next time. I had a great time, and got to run with one of my friends so I’d say it was an awesome day!