It was a tough but beautiful weekend out on the ranch! I’m pretty much hurting this morning after 33+ miles on the trails (+ a near 60 mile running week) but here to recap my comeback race – the REMIX 50k! Yes, a trail race that was the real deal!! I was so excited to actually be racing something that was not virtual. So let’s get straight to the nitty gritty of it all…
I made my way down to 7IL Ranch late Friday evening just in time to shower and lay my head down. There was definitely an opportunity to camp but I decided to go ahead and grab a hotel spot nearby. Having a cozy bed and little luxury before a run is my version of ‘glamping’…
Saturday morning I made it to the ranch and we lined up and the gun went right off promptly at 7AM. The loops were over 16.5 miles each, and mostly comprised of ranch trails with an abundance of deep loose sand. Not only sand but those sticky burr things that stick to your shoes! There were quite a few on a certain part of the course – so much that at one point they were all over my pants and shoes! So that ended up being quite challenging. After a while I just got used to the pain and kept it pushing.
Aside from the rough terrain, we were dealing with lots of humidity due to the passing Hurricane Delta. And temps pushed towards 90 degrees in the afternoon. The trail did not have much shade so it turned into a mission of sheer survival! The Trail Racing Over Texas peeps always do a phenomenal job of taking care of the folks on the course so the aid stations were on point. We also had to keep our masks on us at all times when going through the main loop and start/finish. During the race we were allowed to remove them to breathe which was lovely. They took our temps and made us sign waivers as well. I was really pleased with how they did things in that manner.
Overall I felt like my comeback race went well! It just felt so dang GOOD to be back racing again!! You could tell everyone was just so happy to be back in that element. My legs and feet got tired of the sand by about mile 20 and I was ready to call it quits. But my heart and spirit were flying high and feeling good. So I think the sheer adrenaline was what made me make that finish line. Especially with minimal training during this trying time. Not super fast, not winning any number 1 female awards. But just enjoying every mile and back to enjoying the incredible trail family community that I know and love.
Some days, that is all it is about. Just being out there, being present. Relentless forward motion.
Another 50k is done. AND THEN SOME.
I placed among top ten for females so I will take it.
And a sweet freaking medal I will cherish forever.
Share how your weekend went with me! Have you done any trail running lately??