I ran the Bone Run last year, and it was short. Even though it’s USATF certified the finish line isn’t where it should be to keep the certification. Sure I could claim I ran an 18:08, but there is no point in lying to myself or readers. Hopefully, soon I’ll run an 18:08 but the course is about .05 short which is about 20 seconds.
Moving on, this race deserves a buildup story. During my warmup, I got extremely lost. Fifteen minutes beforehand, I found myself 3 miles from the race start. Somehow I had found my way to the furthest point from the start. After crying to a random UPS driver just trying to do his job, I found myself being delivered directly to the race start. Somehow I made it but honestly I can’t be more thankful. I was delivered and dropped off by a UPS driver…my life never fails to amuse me. If he hadn’t been so kind, I wouldn’t have been able to race.
After getting to the start, I had about 2 minutes beforehand. I saw a few of my friends and chatted.
By the time I knew it, we were off! The race heads into a single lane track and into the woods. There were a lot of high schoolers at the race, so the start was extremely crowded. I was elbow to elbow. Instead of throwing elbows with high schoolers, I just kind of tucked behind them and waited for an opening. The first mile was through trails and mud. I thought being the older and wiser (LOL..) runner I am; I would be able to pass several later in the race.
I crossed the first mile in 5:53. Effort wise I felt faster, but my legs did not have pep.
The second mile opened up, and it was much wider. I was able to have some breathing room and made a few moves. I was the third woman overall and could see both the first and second place woman ahead. This was the most boring and easiest of the miles, and I ran a 5:58. There were minimal roots so I could focus on “just running”.
The third mile headed back into a single track path. It was tough to get any rhythm. I was running in a small pack (which is extremely difficult on single lane). I couldn’t see the roots in front of me, and I was worried I was one fall away from hurting myself.
My legs felt fatigued, and I desperately wanted to break away from the pack. I couldn’t move my legs any faster, despite trying. Finally, around 2.7, I passed the second place woman. From 2.7 to the end it became a race to maintain that lead. It felt like the longest few minutes of my life.
I crossed the third mile in 6:09. I was sad because I was hoping for faster but my legs didn’t have it. Plus, the terrain was difficult. As we came out of the woods, I saw the finish line ahead, and I knew they hadn’t fixed the course. My heart sunk but not much you can do.
I crossed in 18:08 and second woman overall.
I’m happy with my effort level. It was one of the strangest mornings of my life. I went from not thinking I would be able to run, to running, to being upset the course wasn’t fixed. With the conditions and terrain, I am happy with my time. However, I am looking to find a flat and fast road 5k to test my current fitness level as well. My guess is that won’t happen until Thanksgiving.
Questions for you:
Do you like Cross Country and Trail Races?
Have you ever tripped and fallen while running?
I have tripped many times which has included fracturing my elbow and getting stitches.