Grasslands 26.2 Recap.

Well hello there! Hope you all are having a great Tuesday. I had a bit of a 3 day weekend to recover from Saturday’s crazy trail marathon and definitely ready to get back on my grind today!

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But first I thought I’d give you a little glimpse from the trail. Let’s recap the race a bit, shall we?

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So…Saturday morning I was up early to get out to the race site…this particular race was kind of in the woods/country style. I have completed trail races before but definitely have not made the trip to a big one like this solo. My friend was running the half that morning but since we were starting at different times we both decided to take our own cars. I left the hotel close to 5 am to make the drive to the trail. Then…I kind of detoured and got lost. Oops. Ended up having to wait for a train to cross…went out in the woods…and then *cue the dramatics* I SIDESWIPED a deer. Thank goodness we did not hit head on and alas, the deer is okay.

But you guys…I’ve never in my life even have come close to hitting a deer and until now did not even know they existed in Texas. Yes…I’m a city gal at heart. So anyway…I ended up shaken up…and going back to the hotel because I was crazy lost and it was approaching time for the race. My sweetest friend, Camillia, calmed me down and told me to head back to the hotel and we’d go out there together. I told her that I just wanted to run the half with her because I was so frustrated!! And she told me…well….you’ll make it out at least in time for the full marathon for sure. So…off we went and thank goodness for her, we followed the map and made it on time. Seriously…what would I do without my friends?!? I’m telling you I would have gone home if she was not there. Girl was a lifesaver. My guardian angel.

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We made it out around 7 am and off I went. They gave me a timing chip and I was off on my way. I started out running the 50 course and just to see how far I could get for the day. A couple of other folks were late too so I think we were all on the same wavelength. On my way out I saw my girl Kim and said hey and gave her a hug…it was great to see her out there enduring that crazy mud!! Check out her recap by the way – I think we had a similar hectic day. Anyway…I linked up with a gal who was also late and we were on our way. Just splash splashing along in the mud. It had been raining for a few days prior so the trails were absolutely soaked as a result. This was not just your typical mud either…it was more like…CLAY…that sucked your feet in while you ran. Almost similar to quicksand. I wish I was exaggerating this.

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I finished basically a marathon and then made my way back to the aid station where I asked the race director I was able to drop down to the full. He was super nice and let me switch it up. I am so very thankful for the volunteers and everyone out there for being so helpful. Aside from having scratches up and down my legs (Which I’m kind of proud of? Is that a sick thing?) I’m feeling pretty good. I did not want to leave this race empty handed after busting my ass so I did what I went out there to do. Finish the marathon and get a medal. Phew! What a morning. I went home to nurse my wounds. Just scratches from trying to avoid the mud but ended up being all cut up by sharp sticks.

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So…yeah things did not turn out like I had hoped but I have no doubt that 50 is going to happen. I just kind of chalked this experience up to being an adventure…I met some cool crazy peeps like myself and really enjoyed the camaraderie of the people on the trail more than anything else.

Moving forward…I’ve got a couple of other races on tap. Including the Irving Marathon in a couple of weeks to kick off my birthday month! And then the Divas Half in Galveston. I was a pacer for the Irving race last year but this year I’m ready to take on the full 26.2. Bring on April!!

This medal will be cherished though for years to come. Grasslands, it has been real. Number 12 is a wrap.

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How was your weekend? Have you ever run a crazy trail (obstacle course) marathon?

26 thoughts on “Grasslands 26.2 Recap.

  1. What a day you had!! I’m so proud of you for powering through, completing the full, and doing it like a boss. You will get that 50 soon! I probably would’ve just went back to the hotel and cried and ate ice cream all day after hitting a deer. That’s scary stuff. I have yet to hit one, but I know 90% of the population here has, so it’s only a matter of time. Glad you’re ok, glad you rocked this… Way to go! Looking forward to your upcoming races!

  2. Oh my, what a morning you had. You are strong for running the marathon, though. I would have been completely thrown off after getting lost, the deer, etc., so congrats on pushing through both mentally and physically. Also, the mud/clay looks horrible to run through!! Haha!! Chelsea, you are such a strong runner!! Way to go!! XOXO

  3. Oh, we should have followed together from the hotel:(
    I still don’t know how you were able to see me and recognize me when you were driving by – it was so dark running down there!
    Glad you were able to get a medal. I didn’t even care after finishing the out & back and the first long loop – I was just ready to be done with the mud.

  4. Nice race! I love that medal. Trail races are so badass. I’ve done a hilly trail 50k a few times, and always finish cut up and covered in mud 🙂

  5. That is a nerve-wrecking experience for sure. I was this close to hitting a deer on the way home from my friend’s wedding, and I was shaking. That mud sounds serious. Congrats on getting your medal!

  6. That race course sounds miserable! I love a good trail but cannot stand mud! Congrats on getting through a marathon in it! I’ve seen a deer get hit by a car and that wrecked me for a day, actually grazing one would have messed with my head big time. 26 miles after that is awesome!

  7. What a day , and congratulations again on completing a marathon in such difficult conditions , not to mention after being spooked by your dear episode.
    I really enjoy your writing as you always seem so upbeat, and of course v interesting for me to get a glimpse of running life in another country.
    keep on running 🙂

  8. What a crazy pre-race day. I think you did the right thing and I’m so happy that your friend was there for you. If it weren’t for those wonderful running friends, we’d end up not even doing the race! 🙂 And you still completed yet another marathon. So proud of you.

    And I do have a deer story for you. My husband and I were on our honeymoon in Maui. There were lots of signs that said, “Watch for Falling Rocks”. We’re so used to “watch out for DEER” signs — we have plenty of them here in Jersey. Anyway, we go to Haleakala to watch the beautiful sunset. It was so amazing — I mean breathtaking. Afterwards, we decide to go have dinner as it’s about 7-7:30pm. So, we are out of the winding roads and onto the highway when BOOM — our card swerves and I’m like, “OMG, what hit us?” We pull over and a DEER ran into our car. A guy behind us comes up to the side and says, “OMG, Are you guys okay? We saw that deer fly into the air”. I mean, it was SCARY. We had a rental — obviously — so we were able to make it back to a rental place. The girl was inspecting our car and it looked like we actually ran into a person. I mean, there was blood on the side of the car and a dent. The girl looked at us very suspiciously like, “so you hit a deer?” Like there aren’t any deer in Hawaii. HAHAH

  9. That is NOT an easy course – I did the marathon there a few years ago and the mud definitely made it really tough! Way to go, especially continuing with the full despite the setbacks in the beginning to the ultra.

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