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VHTRC Women's Trail Half Marathon

I won't bury the lede: I ran my third fastest time at my ninth VHTRC Women's Trail Half Marathon.

It was humid as usual, but not as hot as it has been some years. There was even an occasional breeze. I'm convinced that this race will never feature cool weather. It seems that year after year, Summer hangs on until this race, exerting the last of its power before relinquishing its hold to Fall.

Summer races mean red faces
Predictably, my low summer mileage was noticeable, especially in the last 5 miles when my legs began to protest. 

In the positive column, my focus on hill training definitely paid off as I felt strong on the uphills. Note to self - keep doing those hill workouts!

I knew I wasn't going to run a PR, and I had adjusted my expectations in light of my less-than-rigorous training. I didn't push too hard and suffer the way I often do at this "Anaerobic Sufferfest" - thanks Sophie for coining that classic phrase. It runs through my head like a mantra.

I enjoyed time on the trail with friends Katie, Kate and Sara. There's something special about chatting on trail. Sorry you had to hear about my antibiotics issues, ladies!

Katie ran a great race. She's been training hard and it shows!
Sara caught me with 2 miles to go. I couldn't hang on to finish with her this year.
Kate kicking ass in the woods in her first WTHM
Teresa finishes in a great comeback race.
I'd be lying if I didn't say that the post-race socializing was the highlight of the day. We basked in our personal triumphs over the course and cheered as the remaining runners finished.

There's nothing better than a cold recovery beverage.

Post-race tailgating. Check out Lauren's race report - 6 stitches in the chin!
I love this race! I'll be back again next year, trying for a PR and inviting all my friends to join in the fun.

Thanks to Aaron Schwartzbard and Bob Fabia who took all but the last two photos.


  1. Glad your hill training paid off! I run lots of road hills, but very little trail. Still, I felt good out there!

    They got photos of me pre- and post-fall. And I was smiling despite the battle wound :)

  2. Congrats on another VHRTC half finish!!! Isn't the post-race socializing always the best part of the day?!?!

  3. And no blood. You are way better at this trail running than I. Great job.

  4. Okay, NEXT year I will do this. Maybe. You're adorable.

  5. Congrats Kir, way to run strong.

  6. I so hate the Anaerobic Sufferfest (love that!), so I try to avoid half marathons altogether (plus I'm slow :)). Congrats on a great run and a fun day with your friends - the best way to run. Looked like a lot of fun!

  7. This looks gorgeous, and you're incredible for the great finish despite your recent lower mileage! We're going on a trail run next time I'm in D.C. Unless I twist an ankle, catch the flu, or otherwise repeat past failures. Seriously.


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