I know I talk all the time about how much I love Muddy Monk races... but too bad for you, you're going to hear all about it again! Because their races rock, and I always have the most fun ever.
Pre-race: I got to the race about 30 minutes before the start... I made the bf drive me, but aside from taking a picture of us at the start, he hid in the car the entire time. I went to pick up my packet, and one of my blog readers spotted me and said hi! (Hi Molly! Sorry if I was confused when I met you - I thought I knew everyone who reads my blog personally, haha.)
When I came back to the start line, Kim spotted me. I knew that she was going to be there, and we decided to run together, along with her friend Bobbi. (Mostly, I needed someone to help me up in case I had another epic fall on the trails!)
|Pre-race photo, snagged from Kim|
For trail races, I have zero goals. All I want to do is get the miles in, enjoy the day, and drink beer afterwards. I'm a simple girl. These are easy requests.
During the first mile, while on one of the single-track portions of the course, we stop all of a sudden to some sort of commotion ahead of us. Some girl ran into a beehive, and had bees crawling all over her. YUCK. Although we felt bad for her, we didn't want to get stung, so we quickly got ahead of her and headed off. 13:55
Mile 2: Something else that's awesome about these races? There are breaks. Like, parts where you go off the single-track and onto a gravel path that's pretty wide, or back onto a forest preserve trail. I can only take so much of staring at my feet. It was nice to have a brain break as well.
|I LOVE this selfie Kim took!|
Mile 3: I'm glad I wore short sleeves. For the parts in the sun, it got rather warm. This race is Four Stars, you know, like the four stars on the Chicago flag. I wore a Bears shirt and a Sweaty Band with Four Stars (I wear Sweaty Bands so often, I should be an ambassador or something!) I didn't see anyone with a Bears shirt until we were about to head back into the woods for the final single-track part of the day.
|Leaping (okay, walking) over a log.|
|Done gracefully, without falling. I know, you're impressed.|
Mile 3.62: Since I hit the 3rd mile marker with 2.55 on my Garmin, I figured that this wasn't exactly 4 miles. Which is totally fine. I hopped over several logs, got stung by thorns, and have scratches from branches all over my legs. Battle wounds, RAWR! Trail running makes me feel like an invincible badass for the whole day.
Once was got back on the path, we could run a little bit faster. I even (sort of) sprinted to the finish. Good times! 6:02
AVERAGE PACE: 13:06
2013 4 MILER / OVERALL 4 MILER: 1 / 3
RACE SHIRT COLOR: Blue
MEDALS / FINISHER AWARDS: Craft beer glasses with the race logo on them = LOVE!
NEXT RACE: ZOOMA Cape Cod Half Marathon, 9.28.2013
Post-race: Once we crossed the finish line, we were given awesome new craft beer glasses. The bf didn't really want to stick around, so I didn't go inside the Cubby Bear for my free beer, just went out to lunch with the bf and then went to the liquor store. Then watched NIU narrowly escape EIU. I won Saturday, for sure!
|Ok, maybe THIS is why I run Muddy Monk races...|