On Friday I was informed that
a trail race that was supposed to be back in January was rescheduled for Saturday at noon. Since I was already going to be in the area, why not do the trail race after I did my 5 miler in the morning? It was a last minute decision but I was pumped about trying a trail run, I’d never done one before and everyone talks about how much fun they are.
I knew with 2 races on Saturday I would need to get a good night’s rest. I have a really bad habit of not sleeping well the night before a race so I took one tylenol PM at around 7:00pm to help relax me. It worked perfect, after getting my bag ready (thanks for the list, Michael) I settled into bed nicely at 9:30pm and didn’t wake until 5:45am. I’m pretty sure this is the best sleep I’ve had before a race, ever!
My first race was the Edmond Running Club’s Frigid Five, a 5 mile race in Edmond, Oklahoma. This was the biggest race I’ve done in Oklahoma, there were over 700 people there. Most races I’ve done so far on Oklahoma have had a couple hundred at most so this was a big change. I loved the course, it wound through the park and was very scenic, the only problem I had was since there were so many people it was pretty crowded the entire 5 miles.
I managed to finish with an official time of 49:17 so I was very happy, I would love to be able to keep that pace or close to it for the half in March, we’ll see. One last cool thing about this race, for $20 you get a long sleeved technical shirt, I loved that. All in all, I had a good run, I pushed myself and I was really happy with the race.
The next race was a different story.
When I finished the 5 miler I changed my shirt to let it dry out and got a quick bite to eat before heading to my next race. The rockstar of this trip was my Garmin navigation system, without this lovely gem I would have never found either of the races.
If you don’t have one of these, I highly recommend it. It’s definitely worth $100 to never be lost again.
I pulled up at the Sooner State Games, picked up my race packet, headed back to my car to warm up and change back into my favorite shirt (one I stole from my hubby). At this point I thought it was a good idea to change my socks too since my feet were sweaty from the first race, in hindsight I probably should have done this MUCH sooner. I made my way over to the start, I was really excited because I really had no idea what to expect.
When the gun went off and we started running I knew I wasn’t going to push it too hard with this one, I had run hard earlier and this was my first trail run so I just wanted to enjoy it. It was a little muddy out so in the beginning I was really trying to preserve my shoes. I would stop at the creek crossings and carefully jump so as not to land in the mud. After a mile or so I realized that was stupid and I should just go for it but jumping in mud doesn’t come naturally to me (especially in expensive shoes) so I was always hesitating before a mud puddle.
I was tired, trail running is WAY different than running on pavement and I don’t get a lot of hills in my training so this was much hillier than I was used to. My hip started bothering me around mile 2 and by the time I hit the water station I was exhausted. My knee started hurting also and I could feel blisters forming on my feet, at this point I knew I was just going to make it back to the start and probably wouldn’t be making the second loop. I have some decent insoles for my plantar fascitiis pain, but even they wern’t helping much.
I was upset with myself for not finishing but I knew that if I kept running I risked hurting myself and right now my focus is my half in March. If I get injured now it could really derail me from finishing the half and I didn’t want to risk it. I was glad I did the trail run, it was fun and I’ll probably do another one after the half but until March 14th, I’m sticking with pavement.
After the race I was exhausted, I hurt and I really wanted to take a nap but I still had an hour and half drive back home. Lucky for me, I was in my husband’s car and he left an 800mg ibuprofen in his cup holder (don’t ask me why or how) but I didn’t care where that thing had been, I took that sucker and headed home.
My Garmin said I did 4 miles on the trail (it was supposed to be 3.5 so I don’t know what that’s all about) so that brought my total to 9 miles for the day. It was less than the 11 I was supposed to do but I was still happy with it and I’m going to move right along to next week where I’m going to tackle 12 miles. Just keep moving forward.
FYI: On Sunday, I had to wear a brace on my knee all day, my hip was still a little sore and I counted 6 blisters on my feet. Gotta love running!