Trails of Fury 10K | Race Recap

On May 21, 2016 I ran the Trails of Fury 10K.  My daughter also ran the kids 2K race that day.  Trails of Fury is a trail race organized by Desert Dash and they always pull off a great race.  I'd volunteered a few times on other Desert Dash races, so I had race credits for this race, bonus!

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We had to wake up even earlier than usual for a race, since we had to take a bus to get to the race location. The BLM (Bureau of Land Management) didn't want a lot of cars out on the trail parking lot, as to not to disturb the environment.  The weather was unseasonably cold for end of May and pretty windy.  They provided plenty of snacks and hot cocoa and coffee to help keep us warm, as well as space heaters.  We had to wait for the half marathon and 5K runners to go before the 10K got started.  Thank goodness there were seats for Elysse and hot cocoa and space heaters to help keep her warm and whining was down to a minimum ;)

I hadn't really trained much for this race.  After the L.A. Marathon, my running has really been sporadic.  I decided to sign up for this race to help me get my running mojo back.  During the entire run I felt sluggish and slow.  I took way too many walking breaks and the gradual uphill really got me!  The downhill, as usual, was fun and I was grateful that the downhill was at the middle and then again at the end.   I started the race wearing my jacket but after the first mile I got hot and took it off.  Since the 10K consisted of 2 loops, I passed the start line and saw my husband and daughter.  I handed them my jacket and just kept on going.  After the 1st loop, I really was trying to give it my all, but sadly, my all was not much to give.  My lack of running and especially my lack of trail running, was evident.  I was glad to be done after the race, but I actually did enjoy the run.  It made me remember how much I did enjoy trail running and I really hope to get back to it.

Now, about 30-45 minutes after my race it was time for the 2K kids race.  Elysse was ready to run and was super excited to get started.  Desert Dash just recently introduced the kids races to their lineup, so there were only a total of 3 kids for this race.  I sure hope they keep it for future races and that more kids show up for them.  Running is such a great sport and it can really help teach kids the importance of training, endurance, and rewards for hard work.  Elysse started the race strong and she finished strong.  She led the whole time and came in first place. That really made her feel so proud of herself and in turn, we were also so proud of her.  She gave it her all and it paid off!  I can't wait for her to run another race again and that she can find a true love for running!  

Trails of Glory 12K | Race 13 of 14

This past Saturday Jason and I ran the Trails of Glory race put on by Desert Dash.  We also ran their Blood, Sweat, and Beers 10K trail race earlier this year and loved it.  Trails of Glory was also a great time!  We ran the 12K distance, but there were also 8K, half marathon, 30K, and full marathon distances.  Vegas is a small town and it was a local race, so we saw lots of familiar friendly faces and even saw one of our neighbors there!  For being a local race, there were lots of folks that came from all over the country and even Canada to run this race.  

The race started at 8:30am and it was sunny and warm!  We could not have asked for better weather mid-November!  The trail was just as advertised, not too technical, no steep inclines, and lots of fun.  The trail started with a bit of a decline, which was super nice and got me off to a fast start.  Jason took off ahead of me soon after the start.  He was never too far ahead, though.  At the first mile we ran by the famous "Duck Tree".  Apparently it got it's name because bikers would have to duck under it and yell "duck" to warn anyone coming behind them.  Eventually, people started putting ducks on the joshua tree for decoration and voila, Duck Tree was born.  I was having issues with my headphones and had to slow down or stop a few times to fix my music.  I seriously need a new phone!!! Anyhow, at some point around mile 3 or so I passed Jason.  At that point I started to get a little tired and the trail's elevation started to go up nice and steadily.  I slowed down some till I got to the aide station and then it was fast-going again and I had a strong finish.  I looked down at my Garmin I noticed it read 6.90 miles, not quite the 7.45 miles a 12K should be*(more on that later!).  I was sort of bummed, but didn't make a big deal about it.  I felt great and was able to take a few pictures of Jason coming through the finish line.  He came in about 10 minutes behind me.  He wasn't too happy with his time, but he hadn't been training for this race and was just happy to get out there and run a good trail.  We hung around a bit, took a quick pic with our pal, Lisa (she's awesome!) grabbed a banana and called it a day!  

We live about 12 minutes from that trail, so we stopped by our house to shower and change before picking up the kiddos at my sister's house.  When we got there we were greeted with mimosas!  I know, I say it all the time, but my sister really is the best!  Of course, we were starving after the race so after picking up the kiddos and enjoying our celebratory mimosas, we went to our usual breakfast spot, Egg Works!! 

*So, turns out some jerk (not anyone running the race) was seen removing some of the race flags and signs and most of us running the 12K missed a marker and turned too soon, cutting our race distance by half a mile or so.  Why someone would do this, is beyond me!! Grrrrrr.....

I've got one more race to run before 2015 to reach my goal! Woohoo!! How are you doing with your fitness goals this year?  

Race 1 of 14: Blood, Sweat, and Beers 10K Trail Run

I've been a little MIA from my blog and life in general!  I have been consumed by WPPI, the Wedding & Portrait Photography Conference & Expo since Sunday! It's been a whirl wind of non-stop activity for me and although the conference ends on Thursday, life will still be hectic for awhile.  As a wedding photographer in Vegas, March-April, is our super busy wedding season.  On top of that, I've got a ton of races coming up these next 2 months.  I see a lot of coffee in my future.  Don't worry, though, I won't be neglecting my blog just because life is gonna get a little messy (See what I did there?) I plan on blogging the whole messy journey ;) 

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Ok, so back to my blog post!  I am so excited I finally ran my first race of 2014, Blood, Sweat, and Beers 10K.  It was really nice to run with my husband too.  It was his first official race, if you don't count Tough Mudder, and I think he's hooked too!  

This race was organized by Desert Dash and they put on a great event!  From packet pickup to the morning of the event, it was well organized and offered a sense of community.  Everyone from the race directors to the volunteers were so friendly and informative.  I noticed they also seem to focus on other local and small businesses, which as a small business owner myself, I think is awesome! Since this was my first trail run, I was a little nervous about what to expect at the event.  But, once we got there, we noticed a real laid back, friendly environment and felt like we fit right in.  They had a good variety of food and drinks before and after the event too.  One of their sponsors is Island Boost, which I love! YAY!!  Oh and of course there was beer and root beer from a local brewery, Joseph James Brewing Company.  

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They offer 5K, 10K. half marathon, 30K, and full marathon distances.  Being our first trail run, the 10K was a perfect distance for us!  We'd done some trail running to train for it, so we were prepared for it and we had a great time.  The trail course was pretty brutal and challenging (that's a good thing!).  We ran 6.2 miles with a 750 ft of vertical climb.  Those switchbacks are no joke!  The markings along the course were clearly color coded and easy to follow.  

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I really enjoyed the experience and would totally recommend it to anyone who wants a challenging, but fun race!  Just because this is a smaller local race, they do not skimp out on the goodies.  You get a nice re-usable drawstring bag with some swag, along with a nice tech tee.  The medal is super sweet too.  Plus, if it's your first race, you get to ring a bell and you get some additional bling! And who doesn't love race bling!?!? 

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I was definitely sweaty, I drank my beer, but luckily, I have no blood to show at the end of the race :) 

I was definitely sweaty, I drank my beer, but luckily, I have no blood to show at the end of the race :)