#1 of 13 in 2013 Trail Races
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Devou Park (Topo Trail Run Series)
Weather – 18 with beautiful blue skies
Finish Time: 1:50:09
I think it’s been over a year since I ran on trails. I naively forgot how tough it is. This race was
10 9 miles of what seemed like nothing but switchbacks. The runners in this series are serious trail runners and amazing athletes. They navigate the uneven terrain with such ease. There is a distinct personality difference between trail and road runners. Not that one is better than the other, just different. The support and encouragement of trail runners, even the fast ones, is amazing!
I couldn’t have asked for better weather in January.
This was all I needed. I remember a time when it was comical how much stuff I thought I needed to run.
There was an unusual calm going into this run. I’m sure it has something to do with my mindset when I run trails compared to street races. It helped that the park was beautiful.
Run date. Even in the cold Chad was ever so patient with my picture taking.
Trail races have a tendency to be no frills. No “official” start line. No bling. No food or drinks at the finish line. No music. No shirt. No expo. How did they know what distance we were running? A strip of colored tape of course. Admittedly I’m more of an “all the frills” kind of runner but I love being on the trails.
I didn’t run a PR. I was cold, hungry and seriously needed to stretch. None of that seemed to matter. I can’t put into words how I felt and how much I enjoyed this day.
If I’m going to run at least 13 trail races this year and training for my 50 miler will be more trails it was time to buy trail shoes. The day after the race the running store was on my to-do list. I love my Newtons for street running so I decided to do the same for trails. I can’t wait to try them out.
Love this 🙂
How was your first month of 13 in 2013? Do you prefer all the frills racing or no frills? Do you take pictures of running signs or bumper stickers?