|Look I'm Rainforest running! Pic by Rob Shaer|
|Me and Laura, top females. Pic by Rob Shaer|
Then the race started on Saturday morning. And that's when I discovered what it feels like to run a marathon. The 5 Peaks Golden Ears race is a stunning race through some of the most beautiful forest in my opinion. Joel and I kicked off at the start near the front and right away I could feel the extra effort of each step. The uphills were my killer. I watched as one of my amazing competitors Laura flew ahead adding more and more distance between us. It was pretty demoralizing. I felt so slow going up the hills and know my pace dropped radically. For some reason that seemed to be the area where I felt the marathon the most. Head down and focusing i really pushed myself to make up time on the downs and flats and kept encouraging myself. Flying down some of that technical terrain literally flew by.. I was just throwing feet in front of the other, but seeing my rainbow socks running through the forest made my smile inside! Hahaha You can't help but feel a little bit like a magical fairy when you wear rainbow socks in a forest so mossy and green it could be enchanted.
|Best running onesie ever! Highfives to that! Pic by Rob Shaer|
Sure enough, running a marathon did do a lot of damage and that was a big lesson to me. I expected to be weaker, but since I felt fine all week I didn't think I had done that much damage. Regardless, I managed to hold my own and place 2nd female overall with a time of 1:12:31, a lot slower than the 1:07 something of last year, but environmental conditions were different this time too (lots of river crossings and slippery bridges forced lots of slowing down) and internal conditions were different (my muscles had sleepy faces). Im really proud that I was able to do so well and convince my body to work as the machine it can be even though it was clearly still fatigued. I was proud to represent the Kintec Race Team and be an Ambassador for the 5 Peaks Trail Running Series during this race.
|Pic by Rob Shaer, Joel in action!|
One of the best parts of a 5 Peaks Race is the amazing organization and support in it. The race directors Solana and her Husband Jay did an amazing job! It was fabulous! So great being able to see our running friends and hang out at the race with Chloe, James, Jeff, Mariah, Rob and so many more! Chloe was even the bunny for the kids race! I have to admit she did a great job and almost beat all the kids! ;) Thanks for the awesome photography as always by Rob Shaer!
Good news, now its time to recover and get back in the gym!
Talk soon and happy feet!