This weekend I participated in my first trail race out here in California. I had done only a few back in Virginia so I’m still basically a newbie, however I am pretty sure I am hooked! I met a bunch of amazing runners out there and just set out to enjoy myself. No pace or finish expectations. For me this was all about the experience of trail running with a few added bonuses. #1 it was a Saturday race which I just love and #2 I got to see some amazing friends set out on some Ultra distance racing adventures.
Hosted by Inside Trail out at the beautiful Fort Ord, the race distances stretched from the 10k to 25k, 50k and 100K distances. Being newer to the sport I opted for the 10k which for the most part was held on fire roads with a modest 900 ft elevation gain. The course was a stunner none the less. The combination of beautiful weather, lots of rolling hills and plenty of green, due to the recent rains and break in the drought, made for an awesome first trail race.
Inside Trail provided well-marked trails, along with great aid stations. In fact I was so pleased that next year I am hoping to at least participate in the 25k. The volunteers were friendly and I felt great support being a 10k runner as I assume the longer distances felt. Here are a few more pictures from the day. I am a bit sore in my hips from the hills but man was it totally worth it!
Do you enjoy trail running and racing? Have you ever tried?
If you haven’t I suggest you do it at least once. Who knows you might just get hooked!