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This One is Gonna Hurt. When you know its time for a DNS

February 2017

25K Trail Race

My first ever DNS (did not start)  

But why?

  • Was I sick?  No
  • Was I unprepared?  I thought so.
  • Hard decision…definetly!
  • Right decision?  I still say yes.
  • Does it hurt?  A little

I was signed up for my first ever 25K trail race.  I was distance prepared but not hilly trail prepared for this race.  I had done a half just a few weeks earlier at Disney but my trail hill training was lacking.  I was hoping to get a few good long, hilly, trail runs in the few weeks between races.  I have to thank the Treadmill and my friend Sharon (Rungry Runner) for the few that did happen.

Never regret the steps you have taken for they all lead you somewhere.  

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Sharon aka: RungyRunner

Sharon aka: Rungy Runner

I was uneasy the entire week leading up to the race, and especially the night before.  I personally knew not one person who was also doing the 25k.  I knew people doing the 10k and some doing the 50k.  If I had one partner in crime I would have toughed it out no matter how long it took me.  Once you commit to a trail race your out there.  And if that means your out there alone then that’s your situation.  Distance trail races are different from road races.  I have done quite a few half marathons out here in Cali alone.  But being a less experienced trail runner, and this would be my longest trail race ever, I just wasn’t feeling it.

I woke up at about 4 and told my hubby I decided not to do the race.  He said are you sick?  Nope, just not ready.  I got up at about 6 instead and headed out for some less hilly trail miles close to me.  The more I ran the more sure I was that I had made the right decision.  And if you believe in signs these were some pretty good ones.  Rainbows, lots of rainbows out during my run.

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I guess sometimes DNS is the right thing to do, its just hard.  

 

 

 

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Have you ever had a DNS?  Well, now you know your not alone.

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My First (and Definitely Not My Last) California Trail Race

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.

Beautiful!

Beautiful!

 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!

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View from the run

and up we go….again

and up we go….again

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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!

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Motivational Monday – Running with Women for Women

This Motivational Monday is going to be a little different because it is also two race recaps.  Last weekend I ran Komen for the Cure in honor of my Mother, Sister and Aunt.  This weekend I ran for the HERA Foundation to help fight Ovarian Cancer.  It feels so good to be running two weeks in a row for great women’s causes.

I participated in Komen for the Cure with my entire family, all five of us.  I made us some cool Team Happy Pace Tie Dye shirts (with the help of Cara from Running In Sanity….ok she is the crafty one)  I added a little number bling to the back.  The kiddos got in to the spirt by wearing crazy socks and clothes.  Together the five of us walked.  We walked for Mom, Grammy, Auntie, Sister and Great Auntie.  Although my family does NOT carry the gene for Breast Cancer, we have had three cases within my direct female line on my mother’s side of the family.  My chances are raised each time, and therefore so are my daughter’s, sisters and nieces.  I was so proud of my hubby and kids!  We walked in the light rain together, sometimes holding hands, telling jokes and getting along.  It was a great day and a memory I will treasure.  Maybe it might seem silly to you, but it meant a lot to me.

Team Happy Pace

Team Happy Pace ;)

This Sunday I ran the Run Like a Girl an all female Trail Race in Virginia Beach.  I ran with team “Moms Run This Town, Virginia Beach/Chesapeake“.  This was my first official trail race and I LOVED it!  I love everything about trails…except snakes, I hate snakes. Luckily there were no snakes Sunday.  Whew!  I ran sans music ( also a  first during a race for me) and enjoyed the beautiful sounds and smells of nature.  Another runner actually said to me “Ahh smells like nature, I love it.”  “Me too” I replied.  🙂

The race was held at First Landing State park, a place my family and I love to run and hike.  As I ran I tried my best to enjoy the beauty around me and NOT look at my Garmin.  I wanted to take in everything about the race without thinking about how far I had left to run.  My feet felt light, the weather was cool and sunny, just perfect for a fall run.  The trails had slight inclines and declines, some sand and a few bridges.  I picked women to pace with and when I passed them I picked someone else ahead of me to pace, that works for me in a race.  The race was originally an 8k but had to be shortened to a 4 miler.

The race was held to raise money to help fight ovarian cancer through the HERA foundation.  After the race a few women spoke about their fight, and for some their continued fight with cancer.  It was very emotional and made me that much prouder to be part of the day.  This was a smaller race, only about 400 women, but I will say it was one of my favorites yet.  I wish it was a 10k or trail half marathon, that would be awesome!  The director of the race notified us that the race would NOT be held at First Landing next year, but for a good reason.  They have gotten too big for the park.  I am hoping it stays a trail run though, its different and it was a great experience.

Team Moms Run This Town Virginia Beach / Chesapeake

Team Moms Run This Town Virginia Beach / Chesapeake

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