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!  

Wild Land Fire Awareness Trail Half Marathon | Red Rock Canyon

I ran the Wild Land Fire Awareness Trail 5K last year and although it was not a great race for me, I kinda left wanting to do the half marathon.  So, when registration opened up for this year's race, I signed up right away!  I have done 5K, 10K, and 12K trail races before but this would be my first trail half marathon.  I was both nervous and scared.  My training was pretty sporadic and I didn't really stick to my running schedule like I should have.  Also, I really wanted to do more specific hill training, but yea, that didn't happen either.  I did get some good runs in and had quite a few long trail runs beforehand, so I knew I would finish, just wasn't too sure of my time.  I ended up giving myself the goal of 3 hours.  

Of course, I hardly slept the night before the race.  This happens to me all the time and I wish I had better sleeping techniques I could use.  Any suggestions?  Fortunately, I didn't feel terribly tired in the morning and we were able to get everyone ready and gather our stuff (that we'd set up the day before) and head out the door with little drama.

Just like last year, everything seemed to go smoothly at the start line.  I chatted with a few running friends, took photos with my family, and then it was time to go!  The first half of the course was pretty brutal.  The inclines were no joke and there were some pretty technical parts with huge rocks we had to get up.  I walked up most of the inclines and was wishing I hadn't skipped that hill training!  About halfway through the race, my family found me right before an aid station.  It was so nice to see the kiddos running towards me and having Jason help me refill my hydration pack with ice and water.  It definitely gave me a nice boost, plus I knew I was getting close to some downhill trails after seeing them :) The rest of the race went well.  I picked up speed on the downhill and walked a bit more of the uphill.  I started to feel my calf cramping and I was happy I had put some mustard packets in my pack.  I took them and it helped to not get a full-on cramp.  I'm not sure why I started cramping, but I'm thinking it was a few factors.  Primarily all the uphill climbing, but I also didn't wear my compression socks and I always wear them for long runs, especially half marathons.  Plus, it was really hot out there that morning!

Again, it was so awesome seeing my kiddos cheering me on as I approached the finish line.  My son came up and ran alongside me for a bit, which really helped me push the pain aside and finish strong!  I didn't meet my goal of 3 hours, but I was still happy with my time of 3 hours 12 minutes.  Just gives me something to aim towards for the next one ;) 

This was my last race until the fall.  I'm kinda sad not to have something coming up soon, but I'll use these summer months to continue training and focusing on my goals.  How about you?  Any races scheduled for the summer? What's your next event?  

 

Happy National Running Day 2015 | 10 Ways Running Changed My Life

In the past 3 years, I've learned to love such foods as cauliflower "rice", brussels sprouts, beets, and almond milk.  I eat greek yogurt like it's going out of style! I've learned how to do burpees, Bulgarian split squats, and deadlifts.  I am the proud owner of a pull-up bar, foam roller, and yoga mat.  

I've also found a love of running that I never thought possible.  Running is a great cardiovascular exercise and great calorie burner.  But for me running has become more than that.  Running pushes me to try harder and reach new goals.  Running keeps me motivated and signing up for races is a sure way for me to keep at it!  Running has an amazing community of people.  Running can help me clear my mind on crazy days and will just about always put me in a good mood.  So, today in honor of National Running Day, I thought I'd share a few fun ways running has changed my life:

1.  I spend more money on running shoes than heels.  

2.  I'm always hungry.      

3.  I wake up earlier on the weekends to go on long runs than I do during the week.

4.   I plan vacations around races.

5.  I'm kinda obsessed with compression socks. 

6.  I don't take selfies, I take feetsies.

7.  I have more running shorts than jeans.

8.  I don't just drink, I hydrate ;) 

9.  Food is now called fuel.

10.  The only watch I own is a Garmin.

BONUS: I get some pretty rad tan lines! 

How about you?  Do you love running?  Running isn't for everyone and as with all things, it's best to do what you love , but don't be afraid of running.  Don't give up on running because you've told yourself you've never been good at it or because you can't run fast, or because you tried it once and it was hard.  Yes, running is hard, we aren't all fast, and we are definitely not all good at it all the time.  But, the key is consistency and just giving it a try.  Get out there today and celebrate running.  Celebrate the fact that you can run.  Run for those who can't today.  You may end up loving it.