Ran my first trail race today is Abingdon, VA. Good choice for my first trail run, the trail itself wasn't bad with rocks and tree stumps, etc., but it was different on my feet, ankles, and legs to run that distance unpaved. The first three miles went gradually downhill, which meant, YEAH!!, second half was all gradual uphill. Was happy I kept pretty close to my regular 10k pace for more than half the race, and didn't slow down the pace much after that. I ended up 10th overall in the females. I'm having trouble getting my eating down for longer races, run out of fuel by about mile 4 to 5, but the cliff blocks helped today. Just need to start eating them BEFORE I start running out of energy next time and maybe my times will improve.
Another first for the day, my first race in a thunderstorm. Right before 5 miles it started storming and pouring the rain. That I can do without. I will definately trail run again, but hopefully I won't run in the lightning again.
Serious props to my husband. I didn't want to do my first trail run alone, wasn't sure what the trail would be like and didn't want to end up creeping the creeper trail after everyone else had go home. He stayed with me instead of racing for himself. Love him.
Virginia is now the fifth state we have raced in since last May.