Within the first mile of today's Ridgeline Ramble 20K, I realized what the lesson of the day would be. Patience, my friends. This race required patience with myself, fellow runners and the course.
I think I will slowly get this trail running thing as time goes on. But today, I learned that you must be patient when runners get stacked up ahead of you. Unlike road racing, there's no need to get antsy and pass the person in front of you as soon as you come upon them. While they may be going a bit slower than you'd like at that moment, it's likely that they are simply conserving energy and will pass you down the path when you're fading.
Instead of getting aggressive, I remained calm and let myself settle into the race and appreciated a slower pace to get my body going. After all, I wasn't looking to win this thing, but simply finish and enjoy a good 12 miles on trail. I was patient with myself and even walked up a few hills to conserve energy. When I did run up the hills, it was clear I wasn't gaining much on other participants, but I was expending a lot more.
The race course is one I've run on before. It includes a lot of short up and downhills, crossing a road every few miles. The miles seemed to tick away quickly. It was fun to see the crazy trail marathoners who were doing an out and back (double what I did) and cheer them on.
The weather wasn't great, but it was manageable. Temps were in the 40s and we had some sprinkles most of the race until the last mile or so when the clouds opened up. By that time, the course was downhill and then flat so I focused on using the rain as motivation to get to that finish line.
Muddy Brooks - must obtain trail shoes
So, as you know, I'm a bit crazy about mileage. I had my mind set on an Americano after the race. After parking downtown at a coffee shop, I changed shirts and headed out for 2.5 extra credit miles. Not gonna lie, they were a bit fuzzy and rough.
I had plans of pairing that Americano with a pecan sticky bun, but apparently the pastry eating gurus get their coffee before 11 am and snatched them all up. Instead, I was left with an apple cider muffin. Did not meet my expectations.
I had no intentions of purchasing something with a fruit or vegetable in it. Imagine my horror when the muffin didn't taste all that good, but also contained CARROT.
Okay, off to enjoy the rest of my Saturday (and find more tastebud friendly sweets). Happy weekend!
Time: 2 hrs
Avg pace: 9:52
Extra credit mileage: 2.5
Pacing: 11:49, 9:43, 11:13, 8:59, 9:19, 10:30, 11:25, 9:27, 11:26, 8:57, 8:09, 7:52 (flat and fast -get me to the finish!), 8:11 (.18 mi across the road and up the hill to finish line).