The first thing I did when I woke up on Saturday morning was check the weather. The weather on race day was clear and cold for the 9:00 a.m. start. A perfect day for a race. The trails would be relatively dry except for the occasional puddle or mud hole.
|Race day weather|
The only picture I took at the race was as I drove into the parking lot off of Hutchesons Ferry Road. The parking lot is a short 4 minute walk from the race start/finish. I left my camera in my truck. That means no race pictures from me anyway.
|The parking lot|
The course was a bit shy of the 9.3 miles required for a 15K. My Garmin topped out at 8.93 miles. That said, I was ready for the race to end as running on trails is a totally different animal from what I'm used to. During a typical road race my mind tends to wander. That wasn't the case with this trail run. I had to stay alert for small rocks, holes, roots, bigger rocks, hidden roots, low hanging branches, puddles, slippery wet spots, uphills, downhills, and other runners, all the while trying to keep my head up and my eyes down.
I finished 68th overall (men and women), 58th (men) overall and 6th in my age-group of 26 runners. My recorded race pace was 8:05 min./mile but my Garmin pace of 8:26 min./mile was probably more accurate. My chip finish time was 1:15:08. Here are links to see the Overall Results and Age-Group Results for the 15K. No medal for me!
That marks the end of my first official trail race, the Hill Country Trail Race 15K at Serenbe. The November 22nd, 2014 race is limited to 1,500 runners. The 2013 15K race included 584 participants. The 477 runners finishers in the 2014 15K race on what are sometimes pretty narrow trails was plenty. The 2014 5K race had an additional 325 finishers.
For my effort I received a soft 60% cotton and 40% polyester short sleeve t-shirt.
I'm looking forward to next year and hopefully this has prepared me in some way for my Ragnar Trail Relay race in April.
My new Inov-8 trail shoes seemed to work well. I did get a tender spot on the end of my long toe on my right foot. That issue may take further investigation. The important thing is that they never lost their grip.
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