Monday, February 25, 2013

Run for the Hills!

A month ago Alex and I, with encouragement from my brother and sister-in-law, signed up for our first trail race. The Lord Hill Trail Run offers runners the choice of running 5 miles, 10 miles, 20 miles or a full 50K.  We chose the 10 mile, which sounded totally doable when compared with 20 or 31 mile options.

Well, fast forward to yesterday, and I have not trained AT ALL.  I used to run quite often before I got pregnant, and always prided myself on being in shape enough to run a 1/2 marathon at any given time. I continued to run short distances through the end of my second trimester, but after a breathless 3 mile neighborhood run where I got bit by a dog (true story) I put my running shoes away for the remainder of my pregnancy.

Since Oliver was born 7 months ago I have run exactly 3 times, with each run being 3 miles or less. Not what I would call good training. So to say I was dreading running a 10 mile trail run would be putting it lightly. Nevertheless Alex and I woke up, dropped Ollie off with my parents, and headed out to Lord Hill Park in Snohomish to get our trail run on!


Ollie on one of our "training runs"

The race was very pretty, a combination of fire-roads and wooded trails that wove up and down throughout the large recreational park.  There were two gigantic hills that made your realize how the park got it's name (LORD, did you see that hill???), but after walk/running those we were rewarded with a lovely downhill descend.  While the race was tough, especially after my lack of training, I am extremely proud of myself for getting out there and just doing it! 10 miles, yeah baby! Sometimes its best not to think too hard about the distance and just run.

Alex and I at the 4.5 mile support station

Trail racing is definitely more relaxing for me then road races. The trail running community has a much more easygoing attitude while continuing to maintain the high level of skill and speed needed to accomplish the race. They seem to care more about supporting one another and less about beating each others mileage time. I would be interested in running another trail run in the near future, although my sore muscles would have me prep a bit more before getting out there again!

6 comments:

  1. I'm always so jealous of people who find running natural and easy! I was working on training for my first 5K run (St. Paddy's Day Dash) before my unfortunate snowboarding accident, so now it's back to square one for me!

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  2. Way to go! I'm using this as inspiration for my half in May!

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