The short. First 25K. First trail race of 2012. Time: 2:16:40, 8:57 pace, however my Garmin disagrees and says the course was .50 miles short which would lead to a slower pace. Placed 7th out of 20 in my age group (31-35, odd numbering I know).
The Longer version.
My dad and I signed up for Oak Openings 25K trail race in Toledo, OH as part of our training for the main event this Saturday. The race was held on what is called the boy scout trail. I have ran this trail twice before; once in the dead heat of the summer in 2011 while training for Dances with Dirt and again in the winter while I was pregnant. I liked knowing that I was going into a race to run a trail that I am not familiar with. I started out much faster than I intended (or thought I could) to run but was able to maintain my pace and really push it hard. My right knee was bothering me but I ignored it. In fact, it's been bothering me for a while but I figured if I don't talk about it, the pain will go away. :-)
I didn't have any goal finish time in mind, just wanted to push it as hard as I could. I believe that I did, but so did 6 other women in my age group!! I placed 7th out of 20. Not bad. The course measured short so I guess I didn't really complete a 25K. I'll have to add another one to my 2013 race schedule.
On the only portion of the trail that is NOT in the woods.
Pace: 8:57 (based on 25K distance, not 15 miles as my Garmin registered)
A/G Place: 7th/20