This race uses the same course as the Winter Night and Summer Night Trail races, and also the Indiana Women's Trail race, so it was my sixth time running this course, although only the second time in daylight. I was five minutes faster than the Indiana Women's Trail race last May and it's the first time I've run this course without falling. I guess I'm finally getting the hang of it.
My only regret is that I didn't stick around very long after the race. I just wasn't thinking. Most of my friends were running the half, and if I'd stayed I could've cheered them in. I'm so used to being last that when I didn't see anyone I thought they'd all finished and left already, instead of realizing they were still out on their second loop.
I generally don't wear headphones or listen to anything when I do trail runs. I don't really need the distraction since I don't get bored on trails. And if I'm engrossed in a podcast, I might miss that moment that I love: that moment where the pack thins out and I can't see anyone else on the trails and I feel like a kid running through the woods again. I'm ten years old, pig tails flying, pockets full of cool rocks to bring home to add to my collection. That's why I love trail running.
Of course there were plenty of moments there were lots of other runners around me, too. And as I've told you before, I kind of like eavesdropping on their conversations:
"I feel like I'm on The Walking Dead; like I'm Andrea running through the woods after the farm got overrun."Oh good, so it's not just me. Actually, Josh and I have discussed hiding out in Eagle Creek when the zombie apocalypse happens. We could raid the gun range for weapons and ammo, then climb up into the Go Ape platforms and camp up where zombies can't climb. The only issue I see with this scenario is all the deer in Eagle Creek. Is that a good thing, because the zombies will eat the deer and not bother with us? Or a bad thing because such a large food source will attract a huge herd of zoms?
"Come on sugar plum, suck it up!"At one point I was between two groups of Corn Fed Spartans, who were calling back and forth encouraging and talking smack. I can't repeat it all here, but it was funnier than any podcast and sort of made me wish I belonged to their group. FBG: we're going to have to up our trash-talking game.
"I haven't done any scientific testing or anything, but based on pure observation, mine are bigger than hers."No comment needed. But mine are bigger.
Coming UpMy next trail race isn't until June - the She Power Half. Side note ladies: if you are thinking about running that one, they said there are less than 150 spots left and they expect it to sell out before the end of March, so get signed up ASAP. I saw the medal for it, and it's pretty awesome!
I'm running only one race in March: the 500 Festival Miler Series 6 Mile this weekend. And I will be volunteering at the Shamrock 5K Beer Run March 12. Don't forget you can save $5 on registration for that one, and donate $5 to the John Boner Neighborhood Centers at the same time. Just use Discount Code JBNC when you register.