After picking up my race packet, the children asked if they could race too. There was a 1 mile fun run scheduled just before my 12K race. How can you say no to this:
Lil' Chef coming in. I was so proud of her. She really struggles with exercise. She said that she was getting side stitches.
Hubby took a picture of me getting ready for 12K of hills. The trail is used for classic skiing in the winter. The majority of the runners ran the 5K event.
I even saw a barefoot runner. He was going to run the 12K, but his daughter wanted to run; so he ran with her on the 5K route. I didn't get a chance to chat with him after the race; hopefully, he'll be at the next trail race. I've been reading a lot about barefoot running lately.
The event was to raise money for a local charter school. There was no timing equipment, just a lady with a stopwatch.
The first three miles were all hills. Up and down, up and down, up and down. At a few of the hills, there was a sign at the top saying, "Caution, steep descent". The first time I saw the sign, I was chuckling ... yeah, right. Well, you could have almost jumped down from the top, the descent was that steep! I had at least four of those type of hills. I prayed my knees would hang in there on the way down.
Here is the elevation chart from my garmin:
The satellite image of the race:
I had my Virtual Partner set for 11:45 pace. I would stay close to my goal pace and then lose a bit of ground on the hills. I was alone for most of the race. At mile five, I started seeing more runners and passed a few of them which felt good. For the last two miles, I kept my focus on the lady ahead of me. I was slowly closing in on her but ran out of miles.
7.33 miles (12K should be 7.456 mile)
11:46 / mile
Almost beat my virtual partner! =) I received a lily for finishing.
After the race, we met a wonderful family with six children. The mom and the older two kids had run the 5K. They graciously invited us over for lunch at their house. I hope that we can return the favor after the race in our town.