Running: It's actually more expensive than therapy
Sunday 04/29/2018 was the 6th annual Margaritas & Manure 12k Trail Race, Half Marathon, and 50k Ultra Marathon in Osteen, FL. Why is it called the Margaritas and Manure race? Well, the manure part comes from all the cows along the trail (unfortunately I did not see any cows but I did see evidence of their existence) while the margarita part comes from the drinks they serve after the race. It's a cool concept/theme for a race.
I ran the 12k (7.5 miles approximately) this year. Despite my love for trail races, this would be the furthest distance I've run in one. I did set a race goal of under an hour (which would be an average pace of under 8 minutes) based on last year's results because I was unsure how technical or wet the course would be. I figured under good conditions this was an appropriate pace.
We started our event at 8:30 am. I liked the open area we ran into at the start because it helped everyone spread out into our paces. Trail races were you get boxed in at the start are the absolute worst because there's basically no way to recover. I made sure to run faster in the flat areas in order to gain a bit for the more technical part later on.
I ran as fast as I could without letting my fear of falling get to me. I think during trail races that's what holds me back mentally. I know I can run faster but fear tends to get to me. I did fall twice when my foot got caught up on some roots (nothing major though just a few minor scratches). I made sure to wear long pants for that reason.
The course was absolutely beautiful and not too technical either. We crossed a stream of about knee deep water, (they even warned us ahead of time) and that was the extent of how wet we got. I have to say the course was very well marked. They had arrows directing us along the right path. As someone who is directionally challenged, this was the most helpful. I did not feel the need to stop at the aid stations but they were very well stocked with waters, electrolyte drinks, pb&j sandwiches, cookies, candies, etc. This was mostly for the ultra runners but still very much appreciated. The volunteers were also friendly and helpful to direct us to the right path.
My watch beep at the end of the 7th mile and I thought I only had a little while to go when I still had another half a mile to run in the sand. I did maintain my footing here despite a few close calls.I only had checked my watch a few times during the race so I was not sure what to expect. I really felt like I was running slowly through quicksand haha. I saw the finishing clock was still under an hour and boy was I happy! I got my finisher medal and exchanged my shoe tag for a yummy margarita in a custom mason jar we got to keep. This race was so much fun! I have to run this next year for sure.
I felt like I did what I could at this race. I reached my time goal and felt pretty good after. I wasn't out of breath or anything. Trail races are so different for me it's more of a mental battle than physical. I need to push myself mentally harder and overcome my fears. It's bittersweet knowing you have so much more in the tank but can't overcome mental blocks. Now it's time for taking the summer off from races (not really 100% my choice there's not too many Florida summer races) and focus on my Hanson's Training plan to get faster (much faster) for the fall races.
Overall 8 out of 96
2nd Overall Female