Another Monday, another race recap. I ran the Knobstone Trail Mini Marathon on Saturday, and I had several working titles for this blog post as I thought about it:
Lightning Couldn't Strike Twice
This was of course my consolation race since last weekend's Indy Women's Half Marathon got black flagged due to lightning near the course. I decided against using this title though after I found out Laura's race got black flagged, although not due to lightning. She finished 35 miles of the Table Rock Ultra 50 Mile Race, running in torrential downpours, until the race was black flagged due to flash flooding on the course. She said they stopped them at an aid station, picked them up and drove them back to the Start-Finish. She also said there were places on the out and back where the trail was completely gone just an hour or so after they'd gone through. I hope Laura blogs about this soon; I'd really like to hear more about it. I cannot imagine running 35 miles in perfect running conditions, much less in a heavy downpour.
Holy Hills Batman
The Knobstone Trail Half was much hillier than any trail runs I've done at Eagle Creek or Fort Ben before. Some steep descents and lots of long uphill climbs with switchbacks. About a quarter of the run was on gravel forest service roads, but most of it was single-track trails through the woods. I really enjoyed it - one of my favorite races ever. The trail was very technical in spots, and it was definitely one of the most challenging races I've run. I beat my Summer Night Trail Half time by over 4 minutes to earn a new trail half PR of 3:38:46.
Half Fanatics Here I Come
Half Fanatics is the little sister club of the Marathon Maniacs. Fanatics are people who love the half marathon distance and run lots of them. There are different levels, but basically if you run a certain number of certified official half marathons within a certain time frame, then you qualify for membership. I realized earlier this year that my fall race schedule had three half marathons within ninety days of each other, which will qualify me to join, so that became a goal for me. This race was my first of those three. The next two will be the Helen Holiday Half on 10/28 and the Santa Hustle Half on 12/13.
DFL: It's a Badge of Honor!
Yes, even though I set a Personal Record at this race, I still came in DFL. And it's my second DFL in as many months. (Here's a list of running terms if you don't know what DFL means.) But there were only 97 runners who finished the race, so I was also in the top 100. And in case you haven't seen it yet, here's Nike's ode to the last finisher:
The Back On My Feet Marathon Relay with some awesome ladies from work. We are calling ourselves the Pace Cadets. The weather forecast right now says low of 44 high of 65, mostly sunny with only 10% chance of rain. I'm the first runner up for our relay team, so I should have just about perfect running weather at 8am. I'm doing three loops for a total of 6.6 miles before I hand it off to the next runner. It's my first time participating in this event, but I've heard from friends who've done it in the past that it's a lot of fun.