I made it to the next aid station, grabbed a gatorade and headed toward the finish. The first part of the course had been mostly uphill, which is hard on the lungs. The second part was a lot of downhill, which is hard on the legs. There were a couple of places where the drops were about 3 feet. It was also about this point in the race when I began to get lapped by some of the 30k folks on their second lap. Obviously some of these folks do this kind of racing all the time, because they were flying. I'm not sure how they go so fast and avoid injury. When I would hear them behind me I would find a place to move to the side and get out of their way.
We also had a few spots of low water crossing that we went through. None of the water was high and there were usually rocks you could "jump" on to get across. The fast folks - they just ran through it like it wasn't even there.
As we got closer to the end you could hear the voices of the people at the finish, but you couldn't see it. And of course, we kept weaving this way and that way. I thought I'd never get to the finish. Toward the end, I actually thought I might have taken a wrong turn. There wasn't anyone in sight in front of me and I saw someone running on the road instead of the path. But then two of the 30k folks came past me and I knew I was ok. I was very happy to know I was headed downhill and across the finish of my first trail run.
I crossed the finish and checked my watch. Ouch. My slowest 10k ever. The garming also said I had run 6.87 miles. Just a little more than a 10k. But, I had no injuries and I had finished, so it was a success. I had kind of hoped coming into the race that it would be small and I might have a chance to place, but that was not to be. Especially since they only gave awards for open division (39 and under), Masters (40-49) and Grand Masters (50+). When I checked at the aid station I was 18th of the masters women. I don't know if that is official or not.
However, they did have burgers (and veggie burgers for me) and beer ready at the finish. It was kind of weird eating a burger at 10am, but it tasted good. While I was sitting there eating it the winner of the 30k came in. They also started giving out the 10k awards. The 10k winner time was in the 50 minute range. That's what I do on the road. Again, I'm assuming they run on trails alot.
I did really enjoy the trail run and will definitely do more in the future. I think it would be fun to go and camp the night before and then hang out after and swim and relax before heading home. My new shoes seemed to work, so that was good, and I made some notes for next time. Number one is bring a cooler with an ice cold coke for the finish!!!
While I may not have gotten in as many training miles today as I would have had I just run at home, I definitely got the time on my feet and a good workout it. And because of the trail and having to have quick feet and alter my stride to miss rocks, etc., I have a feeling I will feel some muscles tomorrow that I haven't felt in a while.