With the runDisney Dopey Challenge rapidly approaching, I thought it would be a good idea to attempt some back to back races. Further, I was looking to score a higher corral placement.
Enter the Pine Run at Tall Timbers 20K, this past Saturday, October 12.
|I kind of feel like these guys... Oo - De - Lally|
|Emerging from the woods - red-faced and tired - Photo Credit: Paul Guyas/ Gulf Winds Track Club|
This time, however - they were correct. The race description uses the term 'undulating', but on a few occasions, I felt like I should be using my hands to help pull myself up the hills. Silly me, I thought that Tall Timbers referred to the trees, not the monster hills. Don't get me wrong, I really liked the course. It was just more challenging than I anticipated.
For a small local trail race, this was a fairly well attended event. Also, the course had great volunteers and water stations. The second water stop (somewhere near mile 6) was completely decked out for Halloween. Starting about a tenth of a mile from the water stop, spooky decorations started to appear. I was still rather optimistic at this point that I was well ahead of my time goal (I wasn't) so I failed to stop and take some pictures. This was the first themed water stop I have seen locally. I do hope the runners enjoyed it (I did) and it becomes a tradition.
The course looped through a timber research facility that is not open to the public. This once-a-year race is actually the only way for runners to enjoy these trail. I am glad I took advantage of the opportunity. This is definitely a race I will look forward to running again.
|Photo credit: Fred Decker /Gulf Winds Track Club|
Unfortunately, my finish time won’t be helping me to move up in the Dopey corrals. However, given the course, I did feel pretty good about my finish time. I tested out my hydration vest for the first time in race conditions - and there were no issues. I successfully tried out a new interval: 2:30/1 (run 2 minutes 30 seconds, walk 1 minute). I had no cramping, no injuries, and I worked out the timing of my fuel. All in all, a success.
In fact, I felt good enough to run seven more training miles after the race. Then to make things more interesting, I ran the Color Me Rad 5K with DisneyBride in the afternoon. (Recap coming soon.)
Daily total mileage: 20K + 7 Mi + 5K = 22.5 Miles
So this back-to-back running gave me a little taste of what Dopey has in store for me come January. My next big test will be as I run my first full marathon: Running for the Bay.
- Are you running Dopey or another runDisney Challenge (Glass Slipper, Goofy)?
- How is your training going?
- Are you using local races as training runs?