Thinking of my race this past Sunday, all things considered, I’m happy with my performance. I wasn’t going to do this race originally because it is in Northern Virginia and was a bit of a drive. Thankfully, my buddy Chris had already signed up for the race and since someone else was doing it, it was the push I needed to sign up and run.
I made it to the race site around 8am that morning for a 9am race. The weatherman said “Sunny and 60” was the forecast, but when I stepped outside, it was FREEZING. Thankfully I brought extra clothes with me and was a kinda (but not really) warm while signing up.
This race had a 5 mile option and a 10 mile option as well. I signed up for the 10 mile option because I needed to get my long run in and I figured, if I’m paying $50 and driving 60 minutes, I might as well make it worth my time.
After a short warm-up run, I stripped down and headed to the start. After a short wait, we were off. We started off running on the street and the turned into the trails.
The first two or so miles of this race snaked along the river and were mostly flat. I stayed in a pack of people and we trotted along. Around the 2.5-3 mile mark, we started heading out of the valley and up the hill. Twisting and turning, twisting and turning, we eventually made it to the top.
After coming back around to the start, we went back out onto the trail. It was a rather interesting trail, it seems well suited to mountain bikers. We crossed multiple streams (and being the immature person I am, I jumped in each stream with both feet, splashing everyone around me), bridges, rock gardens, and muddy sections.
In my second lap, I was trailing a guy for about 3 miles, staying behind him, and not letting him out of my sight. Eventually either my lack of fitness or the fact that I did a hard ride on the trainer the day before caught up to me with two miles left. He accelerated up a hill and I just could not respond. I tried to keep him in sight until the finish and crossed the line in 1:11:17.
Overall I was quite pleased with this race. Very efficient, fun, and well run race. My fitness is nowhere near I would like it to be, but I am quite pleased with the effort. I’m making progress, I just need to stay consistent.