This marathon travels through Redwood Regional Park where we got to "enjoy spectacular views along the East Ridge and West Ridge trails and wind through tall redwoods on the popular Stream and Bridle trails." Oh yeah, there was also quite the elevation. Check out this chart:
|This isn't too bad, right? Right???|
By now, I show up to every Coastal Trail race expecting hills, so this chart didn't really phase me at all. What did concern me was the fact that it rained the previous night. I was relieved that on race day there was no sign of precipitation, but knowing that Mother Nature decided to water all the plants on this good earth the night before, I dreaded the fact that some of these trails would be muddy. Mind you, I didn't worry so much about slipping and sliding and skidding into the mud, it was more the fact that I was going to get my new trail shoes dirty! Yeah, yeah, yeah, I know that last statement sounded very diva like, but hey, I paid big bucks for those Salomons, and the last thing I wanted was for them to get all messed up! What can I expect though, I am running a trail race. These shoes are made for trail running, and that's just what they'll do. One of these days these shoes are gonna get mud all over you. Today was that day.
|I'm going for ethereal here. See it? Feel it?|
|GU. That's what gets me to the finish line. Try it!|
|Yup, that's the pink ribbon. We're back on track.|
|Yup, we are invincible, what can we say.|
So much for our sub-8 trail finish! Ultra Woof and I finished this marathon in a little under 9 hours. I'll take it! We finished in the time allotted and had a whole lot of fun along the way. I am especially proud because this was my first marathon back since being on the injured reserved list. Getting across that finish line always puts a smile on my face, but this one made me cheer out loud. Not being able to get out there and run due to pain is no fun. I am very grateful that I was able to do this. The weather was great, the company was awesome, and the self-confidence is back on the radar. Life is good.
|Titanium Scoreboard: 7 down, 45 to go!|