I got there and we quickly figured out that - while supposedly parking was secured across the street - that wasn't actually quiiiite as smooth as we figured, so my husband dropped me off and drove the kids around until my race was over. Since this was a short race it was okay, but if this had happened at a longer race that wouldn't really have worked. Hopefully that's a kink that'll they'll work out as they do more Lake County races going forward, because I really really liked the trail we ran.
Packet pickup was a little busier than the last couple - more people out! - but that was okay, because the race was SO close to my house I still got to leave the house much later than usually. Start line was only 15 minutes away from me, which was nice. I did run into a snafu though...since I'm a season pass holder you give your size at the beginning of the year. The problem for women is that some of these are unisex shirts and some are not - and I wear a small in unisex but a medium in women's. I gave that info, but anyone want to guess what size women's shirt I got today? Needless to say it's a bit tight, but oh well.
I met my aunt at the start line (who I'd convinced to do a race with me, whoo) and things started off without a hitch. The course had some ice and some mud, as well as some very interesting frozen animal dung (which, while being careful to dodge it, did have me wondering what kind of animals frequent the trail...it clearly wasn't a dog...hmmm). I didn't have my garmin going, but I had MapMyRun and found out that it - loudly - announces mile markers, haha. My first mile, despite the mud and ice for tough traction, came in at 11:03. Not bad for a trail run!
The mud on my legs was much more vivid in person..
Mile two was much of the same, bringing with it wet feet as some of the mud gave way to puddly mud. Yay, wet muddy feet. Whoo. It came in in 10:44, which made me pretty happy, although I do remember thinking, "Whew, only another mile or so..." The traction made this a REALLY tough run - not nearly as bad as the previous months but definitely no road race; I could feel how hard I was working for that pace! We did get to run past a beautiful frozen lake though. The trail was really scenic and lovely.
This is a pretty picture, but I mostly look at it and think, hmm, my photography while running needs work...haha!
Mile 3 was pretty easy and clocked in at 10:38. I knew the course was long though - the RD had said 3.18, mapmyrun said 3.26. And the last stretch had a big uphill which, I'll admit - with .02 left to the finishline - I walked for 20 seconds. Haha. The last quarter mile came in at 3:00, much slower than the rest of the miles but man, that was pretty steep compared to the pancake places I usually run!
According to MMR my final time was 35:40 for a 10:55 pace. That's not a 5K PR but considering the course came in at 3.26 for me and it was on the trails with tricky footing rather than a flat fast smooth course, I was pretty happy with my time. I am not sure what my official time will be since they don't chip time, but I'm pretty happy either way!
And of course, another mason jar for my growing collection.
Yay, beer jars. Have I mentioned I don't drink, much less drink beer? I might be at the wrong races...