<p>I went to bootcamp this morning and I could definitely tell that I've missed two weeks! My 25k trail race over the weekend was fun but really tough. I went into it thinking that I would only run the first part of the course which is about 10 miles. My dh knew I wasn't feeling great but either consciously or not he challenged me to run the whole thing by mentioning the word "quit" to me. He called me when I was waiting for the start of the race and he told me that I should call him if I decided to "quit" so that they could meet me early. That was all I needed to get me through the race and he probably knew it but won't admit it. I was really tired and at mile 3 I remember thinking that maybe I wouldn't make it. It was super hot and humid and I knew I wasn't really ready for the race. Luckily I met up with a friend of mine at the start and she had the same idea as me for the race - to use it as a long run and take it very easy. She got me through some sections where I really thought I was done and I hope I did the same for her. The hills are relentless on this course so we walked a lot of the tough ones and stopped at the buffet aid stations for gummy bears, fig newtons, etc.
We saw two people who were down on the trail with what I'm sure were heat related issues. We stayed with one girl for a bit to make sure she was OK and that help was on the way. My final time was about 2:51 - about 20 minutes slower than the one other time I've run this race. I'm not happy about that but I am happy that I made it through and got to enjoy a great event. I also enjoyed the free Smuttynose beer after
If anyone is looking for a great trail race to do or an excuse to visit Maine this is a great one! Low key, great organization, and a challenging course. On Saturday they also had a 5k, canicross 5k, 10k and barefoot 5k and the other races on Sunday were a 50k and 50 mile. I worked at the aid station for the 10k and that was a lot of fun, too.</p>
<p>Andi - congratulations on your PR! Amazing that you pr'd on a day like that. Sounds like you ran smart! </p>
<p>Staci - I'm glad to hear that you were able to get a couple of runs in this weekend and that the toe is doing OK. How scary about the storms! I'm glad it was only the bball hoop that got damaged.</p>
<p>Hi LB!!! Good to see you! We miss you
<p>Ron - did you go to all of those baseball games? You should take a vacation to Maine. I hear they have good lobster.</p>
<p>Sudsy - Hope you are having a good day. A 5k on Sunday? Sounds like fun!</p>