Well, I didn’t mean to fall off the face of the planet, but I’m going to blame it on SPRING FEVER.
Paul has been working a lot of Saturdays lately, so to spice things up, I registered last minute for a local trail run LAST Saturday (3/14).
I’ve run a couple Trail Nerds events before and they are known for their low-key, laid-back approach, but with EXCELLENT race logistics, markings, and communication. Great swag, too!
I never run trails on my own (but I keep wanting to), so before my first race, I terrified of trail races thinking that I would constantly get lost.
Not true! Just follow the little pink flags! And they are pretty tough to miss!
The race didn’t start until 9am, and it was only about a 15 minute drive from my house (win!).
There wasn’t a lot of parking, but I did manage to score a primo parking spot:
Packet pickup was a breeze (there were only 100ish people running the race). Then I waited it out until the start in my car.
The starting line was SUPER casual. We all just stood behind a white line and then started running when someone yelled “GO!”. The race started off a tad crowded and with the single-track trail it was difficult to really get anywhere for a while.
But eventually the starting line jitters wear off and people slow down and paces start to spread out. There were more people than normal that I had to ask if I could pass them, but it was touted as a beginning friendly race. If someone is tailing you, I always shout back and tell them to let know if they want to pass.
Wiiiiiide open spaaaaces.
Even with a really slow start, I was super impressed that I managed to cross the 5k line in 27:49. There was only 1 hill in the first half that I had to walk, but the 2nd half was CRAZY hilly.
(Free race photos, a neat bonus)
I tried to capture here on how people just ahead and just behind me were far different in elevation. It didn’t work so well.
But it was really Midwest pretty.
Since there were 3 aid stations on the 10k course, I skipped bringing any water with me. I typically love my Orange Mud HydraQuiver, but I didn’t need it today.
I crossed the finish line just around 1:10. I was SUPER happy with my time considering I walked a bunch of hills in the 2nd 5k. Kansas is NOT flat, I promise you.
My GPS was also NOT happy with the twisting turns and switchbacks. It registered less than 5 miles on 10k course. Isn’t it the BEST when your GPS is wrong in your favor (and you’ve gone LONGER than you think you have)
No medals, but we did get a sticker. And a really nice t-shirt.
Afterwards I met up with some friends for the best post-run fuel: Arthur Bryant’s BBQ
(Yep, this counted as a day of eating out!)
Once Paul got off work, we headed down to Power and Light District to pre-game for the final game of the Big 12 tournament.
Just a little CYCLONE red, no?
The game was AWESOME. Beating KU is always a good feeling.
As for March Madness, notsomuch. My bracket was dead before noon on Day 1. Oh, well…
The rest of last week was spent riding my bike and a couple runs. My new VanderKitten VIP team kit came in and I LOVE it.
And we celebrated St. Patrick’s Day like all typical adults do: Green Macaroni & Cheese and Green Eggs & Spam:
This coming weekend is DIRTY KANZA TRAINING CAMP. I’m terrified, but I had an awesome ride yesterday (which I’ll recap soon) that makes me feel like I can actually show my face at camp.