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!
But first I thought I’d give you a little glimpse from the trail. Let’s recap the race a bit, shall we?
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.
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.
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.
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.
How was your weekend? Have you ever run a crazy trail (obstacle course) marathon?