Hello everyone! Sorry I’ve been offline for a few weeks…I’ve been keeping up with everyone’s blogs, but I haven’t been running too much, so I haven’t felt like I had much to say. I realized that I haven’t updated everyone on my most recent race though!
Two weeks after the marathon was a half marathon in our area called the Purdue Half Marathon. I considered doing it because the medal is really cool, but instead I volunteered to lead the race on my bike. It was a neat experience! The only thing I was slightly disappointed about was that I was missing a local trail race. The runners club in our area, Wabash River Runners Club, holds a trail race series in the fall–the races are only $5! You might recognize the name of the club because they also host a Farmer’s Market 5k series which I often participate in. 🙂 Fortunately for me, they postponed the race, so it actually happened the following Saturday. I noticed on Friday that it was the next day and decided I would go.
The trail race had a 5k and a 15k, and I wasn’t sure which race I would run. On Friday night we went to some friends’ house and made apple pies and apple dumplings. They were super delicious, but accompanied by a little too much wine. 😐 I woke up in time to go on Saturday morning, and mostly felt ok, woo! I drove out there and as I was signing up I still didn’t know which race I would do. The lady asked me which race I was doing, and I paused…she then said, “The 15k it is!” ha. I wasn’t sure if I was ready for that, but it was such a low-key race that it would be fun either way.
As you can see, it was a pretty small group of us running the race. Once we heard instructions about the course, they grabbed the official iPad and said, “Go!”. Small races are funny. 🙂
The first section was through grass and leaves, which felt very difficult! I was running at a decent pace, but was already feeling like it was difficult. After about a half mile we finished our small loop on the grass and moved onto an actual trail. Thank goodness. 🙂 There was one girl running about at my same pace this whole time, so I stuck right behind her.
Soon after this picture was taken, the trail narrowed into a small, single-track trail. There were some spots with rocks, and some points where we had to climb quite a bit. I was still following the girl in front of me, and there were two other girls right behind us.
Once we reached the 5k turnaround, the only girl in front of me turned around. I wasn’t positive about this fact until a few miles later when the first guys were coming back by me and one of them said, “First female! Go go go!”. This was an exciting prospect, but also put a lot of pressure on me. I felt a little sick at the beginning of the race (thanks, wine), but from miles 3-7 I was feeling pretty good. Around mile 8 we hit a large hill, and I started to feel pretty tired. I couldn’t see how close people were behind me, so I felt like I had to keep up my pace. I didn’t want to get passed when I had been the female leader the whole time! 😮 Soon enough, I was coming around the last corner of the course.
Guys! Guess what?! I, for the first time ever, was the first female! I wasn’t super fast, so I know it was just because not many people came out for the race, but it was still really exciting! I was proud to do a little over 9 miles after not running much for the 3 weeks prior, and I am always happy to support the Wabash River Runners Club.
This was a no frills race, so no t-shirt, medal, or top-finisher awards, which was fine with me! I would much rather only have to pay $5 for a race than 6x that to get a finishers medal and a t-shirt. Afterwards they had a cookout, so I ate a turkey dog and some potato chips before heading home. Fun morning! 🙂
Do you prefer big races or small races?
Does it bother you to not get a t-shirt or medal for races that you do?