The race was at Munroe Falls Metropark, which is close enough for me to take some extra time to sleep in the morning. The race started around 8:30, and I arrived for my bib pick-up just before 8:00. The colors of the trees are starting to change, and the view of the mist coming off the lake was breath-taking and maybe just a bit eerie:
The race was very informal; there were just over 200 people running. The race director told us to be careful on the steps around the trail and to let him know if anyone decided to bail after the first loop. Then he gave us a "On your mark, get set, go!" and we ran for the woods.
The loop is about 2.2 miles, and we ran it twice plus a run to and from the trail. My first goal was to get it done in under fifty minutes, and then I adjusted my goals to 1. never walking a hill and 2. keeping my pace to about a ten minute mile. I think I did pretty well on both counts; I ran all the hills, and I finished 4.61 miles in 46:29. Not bad!
|The finish line was pretty informal, too, although the race was chip-timed.|
|This is EXACTLY how I look after running 4.61 miles and eating yummy food.|
I'll be running this race two more times in November and December, so I'll post pictures of the hoodie and glasses then.
Today I ran 9.24 more trail miles with Mandy. It was absolutely gorgeous:
I'm feeling more relaxed with these trail runs. Even though Saturday's run was a race, I am not feeling the usual pressure I put on myself. I'm actually enjoying myself and recovering.
How are you loving your runs? Hitting the trails? What are your fall racing plans?
I'm going to work on reaching my mileage goal for the end of the year. Until then, run happy, Peeps!
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