|Running the Backyard Burn 10 Mile|
So I wasn't expecting much at the Backyard Burn. I hoped to hold a moderate pace, resist the temptation to race and NOT have the wheels come off.
It was a perfect Spring morning for a race. The air was chilly, but with the promise that jackets would soon be discarded. I opted for my snazzy Primal tattoo arm warmers, black Atalanta running skirt, black Zensah calf sleeves and bright yellow Dirty Girl gaiters. If I couldn't be fast, I was going to be colorful.
|Happy to be running trails on a perfect day|
EX2 Adventures always puts on a flawless race. Everything was well-marked, thought out, organized AND they have hot pizza at the end.
I kept it somewhat reigned in, but couldn't resist passing on the technical sections. It felt like I was pushing the pace a bit. The second loop was going to hurt. I'd forgotten to bring any gels and would have to rely on the Accelerade at the aid stations for the calories to power me through. I fully expected to bonk.
Somehow, those little cups of Accelerade did the job. I didn't have any kick as I approached the finish, unusual for me, but I chalked it up to lack of calories and leaving nothing in the tank.
I was happy with not puking or suffering too much. I managed to run 10 minute miles. Right now, that feels like success.
|Schlumping into the finish|