Happy Trails to Me!

What a day for a trail race!  I ran the San Joaquin River Trail 10k this morning, and it reaffirmed my love of trail races.  There is something so peaceful about running on something that is out in nature (rather than my favorite urban trails) and where the pack is super spread out so you feel like you have the wholes rail to yourself. It’s a wonderful mix of feeling alone but not lost. 

In a land where there is so little rain, it was unnerving to listen to the thunder and pouring rain all night and imagine what the trails would look like. So I overpacked:  short sleeve, long sleeve, rain jacket, backup long sleeve, pants, backup pants, socks, backup socks, towel, hoodie, garmin, shoe bag, Spi belt, inhaler.    

Spoiler alert, I didn’t need ANY of the extra stuff I packed. 

Woke up with an insane craving for waffles, so I made a batch at 6 am before heading to a friends house to carpool.  (Btw, I’m on snapchat as spinrunsew if you want to follow along!)

We got to the start line and parked a bit down the road in a field–all while avoiding some cows on the road.

 Gorgeous weather–and by gorgeous, I mean perfectly cool, a bit misty/light sprinkles (no heavy rain!), and cloudy.  The course was in 2 parts–a 4 mile loop, and a 2 mile out and back.  The first mile was on the road, downhill, and was surprisingly HARD.  I was still adjusting to the elevation, and it was a bit shocking to feel that winded.   

The trail was in good shape, not too steep (so minimal sets of speed hiking–I was able to run most of it, albeit slowly).  There were a few places on the trail that were dangerously soft because of the rain, but thanks to the footprints of those who had gone before, it was easy to see where’s ou needed to take it easy.    

The out and back part of race was the best.  We ran over the infamous San Joaquin Gorge bridge, and the clouds started rolling in. It’s crazy how cloudy it was on this part of the trail compared to the start. No filter! 

 I finished the race in 1:19 garmin time (11th in my age group, or double 1st place as I like to call it.). I also love the finish line party–breakfast burritos, bananas, and a keg of really good local beer.  It was a small race, so the finish line area felt wide open and extra festive. 

Until the rain started falling in earnest and it was time to GO.  A hot shower felt so amazing when I got home.  Some cozy leggings and compression socks later, and I was ready to enjoy taking it easy the rest of the day–a ver, VERY welcome way to spend a weekend day before dress rehearsal week at work. 

And, according to my Fitbit, 109 floors, baby! 

 Happy Trails and here’s to a good week! 


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