The Lowcountry Trail Half is a race I would highly suggest.
For just $40 you get:
– a half marathon race
– well marked course
– the chance to run through Mullet Hall Equestrian Park
– 7 aid stations along the route
– great long sleeved tech tee
– the typical bagels and bananas after
– untimed local beer from Palmetto brewery
– plus really unique age group awards (horseshoes) for those that are fast enough
It is a really good deal for the money!
I went into the Lowcountry Trail Half with a few goals:
– Don’t trip/get hurt
– Don’t get lost
– Finish the race
– Have fun
I am pleased to say that I achieved all those goals.
Almost tripped and fell – about a billion times.
Actually tripped and fell – NEVER!
However, because I was having so much trouble getting my footing in the first mile or two, and kept rolling my right ankle this way and that, I really slowed down. I had originally hoped to beat my time from last year – 2:26:50, but they had changed the course and for some reason I just could not get my footing right on some of the new sections. Since I am finally feeling healthy and injury free it was not worth possibly tripping and hurting myself to try and beat that time. So I slowed way down, and I officially ran a 2:37:39 which is by far my slowest half marathon ever (I have never run anything slower than the previous year’s 2:26:50 before).
You would think with this being my slowest half ever, by more than 10 whole minutes, I would have hated this race.
Quite the opposite.
I really enjoyed slowing down, focusing on my footing, and running differently than usual. Even the next day I could tell I worked different muscles than I do on normal runs – Ouch I hurt! Plus the change of scenery was a beautiful switch from the routes I normally run.
If I could have one change for this race next year – it would be that Charleston doesn’t have a recording breaking high temperature that day. We set a new record temperature for October 11th – 90 degrees – not exactly fall running weather!
Have you ever done a trail race?
Do you find it nice to stop looking at the clock, slow down, and just enjoy a race?
*All pictures by Brian Fancher Photography*