That photo pretty much says it all! On Saturday, May 24th, I headed out to Ancaster Ontario and the lovely Dundas Valley Conservation Area to join Bridgett, Emma and Sam to run the 25k portion of the Sulphur Springs trail race series. There were also 10k, 50k, 50mi (which Robin ran) and 100mi. Before this race, I had run trails all of once.
I can say with all kinds of surety, that this will not be my last day on the trails.
This race report will be like no other because there were no markers, no real accurate GPS, nothing but laughs and good times and hills and mud.
Bridgett and I headed out from Milton at 5:30 am, stopped at Tim Horton's Drive Thru for breakfast and coffee and were at the start area by about 6:20. Had I known we'd be so close to the start of the bigger races, I would have left earlier so we could have seen Robin off. We parked and wandered over to the tent to get our bibs and tech shirts (I like the orange!) and then hit the porta-potties. Back to the car and we sat in it for about 15 minutes waiting to hear from Emma and Sam and trying to stay warm.
Before long, we met up with the girls (and Kim who was running the 10k) and made our way to the start... behind the woman on the ladder! I was loving the casual atmosphere and the general feel of everything. We warmed up significantly while waiting 5 minutes for the race to start so we all dumped our long sleeved tops on Kim (second from right), who's race started later. I set the right tone for myself by wearing, "I run so I can drink" Bondi Band.
|WooHoo! Waking up at 5 is worth it. For NATURE.|
Bridgett, Me, Sam, Kim, Emma.
Turns out my watch was in bike mode. Whoops! I switched it over but didn't turn off Auto-Pause which turned out to provide some additional moments of levity in the race as during big climbs, my watch would often auto pause even though we were clearly moving... just vertically.
The route is not too technical and we were enjoying ourselves and the views. We hit a few muddy areas and some wet and muddy grass but nothing that we couldn't handle. There were jokes about all matter of things and I must admit, I got made fun of a bit during some of the more technical or uphill parts ("how's that 6min/km plan going for you, Nicole?") and we wondered how 97 previous road race Kenny would do in his first trail race (spoiler: like me, he fell in love). Of course every yellow bib that we saw, we looked for Robin, but we never did see her.
The aid stations were awesome and another thing I enjoyed. We weren't running to break records, so we took our time to pee (though I didn't need to) and eat the
|Sam's still with me, but hasn't discovered her #runnerd|
And there was pure enjoyment.
|Imma just gonna sneak up on this #runnerd|
|Girls! I'm taking a photo! Pretend to run up this hill!|
|We are available for promotional campaigns for running skirts, compression socks and tampons.|
And yogurt (because yogurt ads never make sense anyway).
|Loving this. All of it.|
|Falling in love again|
So, when's the next one? Soon? I hope! This fall for sure. But that's a post for another day. Summer/Fall plans are firming up, but first I've got the Niagara Women's Half Marathon to pace on Sunday. I hope my trailrunner quads heal by then!