The mind is capable of much more than the body can handle. Looking back, it perhaps was not such a good idea to register for a race but two weeks after running my first 50k. And then, unforeseen and certainly unwanted, having my bum ankle that I painfully rolled twice. But, I do love being surrounded by the run community so who am I to complain!
I participated in the Dirty Little Secret Trail 5.8 mile race organized by Fleet Feet, Sacramento and held in Cool. I will say that the race organization was awesome! The shirts were great and the pancake breakfast even better. The race course however was not my cup of tea.
|Some of the Folsom Trail Runners at Dirty Little Secret - Love how we are all looking in different directions|
I love trees! I love running in lush beautiful forests shaded by canopy upon canopy of leaves. Green ferns and moss decorating the dark brown bark seen every stride of the way. Yep, I am a tree trail runner. And this course was mostly open exposed meadows. There was one creek crossing that led you up a nice hill climb surrounded by my tree friends, but that was it.
I was not racing, but did want to push myself. After a mile of running in meadow however, I mentally just couldn’t bare it. The thought that the meadow was as good as it gets tore me down. I should have pushed through, but the heat at 8:45am already intolerable, slowed me down. About to cross the finish line I said aloud “so glad to be done.” A gal I was right behind agreed with my statement. My Garmin displayed 5.85 miles, but it felt like 15.8.
Not to be a total downer, I did have fun! I mean how can you not surrounded by running friends and acquaintances. And I love the shirt! Funny, it seems that some of my worst race experiences seem to have the best fitting shirt and designs.
After DLS; UMM, Penny, and I dashed off to the Inaugural Gold Rush 100k. UMM paced Ranbir the last 20 miles and I crewed. Did I mention it was a hot day? Perhaps too hot and not the best idea to bring the dog, but she was a trooper. And oh, how cute she was excitedly greeting the runners who crossed the finish line. She is turning into a running mascot. And proud doggie mommy moment - She ran her first eight trail miles at Jenkinson Lake on Friday. Yay!!!
|Hooray! 8 miles in the books for Penny at Jenkinson Lake!|
Anyway, back to the Gold Rush - Both of Matt’s buddies Rob and Ranbir battled the heat and ended up finishing in the top 15! Amazing really. I mean here I ran a measly 5.8 miles complaining of the heat and these guys ran in the heat for nine plus hours. Yep, I’m not worthy! It was a long, hot, run related day, but fun all just the same.
|Ranbir and UMM at the finish!|
|Rob on the course photo courtesy of his lovely wife Cara|
|Exhausted at the Finish line! That's how the 100k finishers felt too!|