|Courtesy of http://7sisterstrailrace.com/|
What do you do the day after running 3 laps of an obstacle course race located on the beach, covering approximately 12 miles? Why you go "run" the 7 Sisters Trail Race of course!
Billed as the "Hardest Up/Down Race" by Runners World Magazine on their America's Best Trail Races list. With a cutoff time of 12:00 for the turnaround. Whelp, make that 11:30! Apparently I missed the posts on their Facebook page about the change in cutoff. What was already going to be a challenge, I had been freaking out for days about now making the cutoff, and I just lost 30 minutes, was now something I seriously thought I would DNF.
I arrived early with plenty of time to register, use the bathroom, and do what I really love to do: visit with people! I knew quite a few people running, several who had come out just to spectate the start, and it was a fantastic way to spend the morning. It wasn't long before we were lining up, I missed the group photo, and we were off. It is a matter of yards before the trail takes a turn and we are going UP. The ups and the downs are no joke.
|Up we go. Photo courtesy of Heather Gannoe|
It was hot. I was sunburned from the day before. I had a plan to drink every time my Runkeeper spoke to me which was every 15 minutes and every mile. This worked well. I would eat something every 1-2 times she spoke to me and ingest a salt tab every hour or so. I never bonked. I never stopped sweating. Despite my legs feeling brutalized, I never actually felt bad.
|Top of the first section of the ascent after the cutoff. I MADE THE CUTOFF!!!|
Heidi, Marie, and Cat. What amazing people. I had a great time with them. Heidi was struggling, so I did what I do best. I figured out where she was hurting, helped get her moving, rubbed out her butt, and got her to smile. Marie was moving slowly as she had rolled her ankle, bad enough to slow her down but not so bad she didn't make the cutoff! Cat was amazing. Turns out we have mutual friends. After staying with them for quite a while, I had to keep moving as my legs were wanting to tighten up. I could hear them off and on and when I came in to the last aid station, signaling we had two miles to go, I was able to see them come in. Heidi, despite her pain, was adamant that she was going to finish. I had to hug her before moving on again.
|The LAST tiny bit of downhill before rounding the corner to the finish!|
|WE DID IT!|
|Recovery #chocolatemilk with my 7 Sisters hat. That pattern? That's the elevation!|