Spoiler Alert: This was my slowest half marathon at 2:26:50.
I did not beat my Dirt Dash time like I wanted to.
Yet, I will run this race every year.
Why you ask would this race make it onto my permanent list if I didn’t do so hot?
Well turns out sometimes you can have a great run without setting any records or beating any goals.
1. This was a great small race –
My buddy and I pulled up and parked right next to the start/finish line – perfect. We easily picked up our packets and were ready to go with no lines, no shuttles buses, no waiting around, basically none of that big race drama. (Turns out in small races everyone gets an “Elite” number.)
2. The course –
This was the most challenging trail run I have ever done because once you passed the one mile mark the entire thing was covered in tree roots, and the sections that weren’t in the forests were fields covered in horseshoe divots. You had to stay focused so you wouldn’t trip, roll an ankle, or face plant. I slowed way down because I am the clumsiest person ever – I stopped counting at 25 almost trips – and I didn’t want to hurt myself only two weeks before my big marathon at MCM. However, there was something very beautiful about running through the wooded trails, dodging tree routes, cutting through open horse pastures, and praying you were still on the right trail. It was different than my normal runs and I truly enjoyed it.
My pace goal quickly went out the window and my new goals became:
Don’t trip & don’t get lost.
I am proud to say I succeeded. The photographer may have caught me snoozing, but this race woke me up quickly. – I had to stay alert and focused.
3. The Swag –
– a half marathon for only $40
– with a gorgeous blue long sleeved tech shirts (a race shirt I’ll actually use)– free post race wood fire pizza from a pizza truck (Mine was plain cheese & delicious.)– free, all you can drink, post race craft beer from a local brewery
– great age group awards for such a small event
Are there any races or other fitness activities that make your list every year?