|Photograph courtesy of dailymile|
Race morning was dark, cold and wet. Tanya, Chelsea and I huddled in the picnic shelter at Silver Falls State Park as close to the fire as we could get without spontaneously combusting. Dang, it was COLD! As far as I'm concerned, Chelsea earned the medal of valor for protecting countless children from perishing in the flamage. Somehow she managed to do so without so much as one nasty glance from a parent who had been caught slacking on the job or a whine, protest or salty tear from a child. I put on as many layers of clothes as possible, borrowed a hat, chatted with fellow Eugene trail runners until it was time to line up at the start line.
Once I got warm and loosened up, I felt awesome. No foot pain whatsoever! It was going to be a good day on this gorgeous course. If I was lucky, there might even be a half marathon PR in store for me. We ran through wetlands, in and out of forests, behind giant waterfalls, along white-peaked streams and up and down huge flights of stairs. It was all scenic single track trail of which I never bored. The smells of cedar and anise were amazing. Aide stations with water were well-placed and staffed with friendly volunteers. I chose to use my Nathan hydration pack so I wouldn't have to stop. The more tired I got, the harder it was to drink out of that thing. I did opt to drink water from a cup (what a luxury!) at the final aide station.
|Fall proved to be the perfect time of year to run these trails.|
(Photo courtesy of Pacific Crest Stock Outdoor Adventure Gallery)
1. If you hear others on the trail, scoot over to a side so they can pass.
2. Do not have the volume of your MP3 player turned up so high that you can't hear fellow runners on the trail. Better yet, don't listen to music at all. Aren't the sounds of nature and chatting with fellow runners company and entertainment enough?
3. Encourage or at least acknowledge the other runners on the trail. A wave, smile or grunt is plenty but jokes are even more appreciated.
4. If you pass someone, do so politely. Perhaps tell them that you're sure they'll pass you once you get to an uphill section.
5. Runners, walkers, hikers and bikers going downhill have the right of way.
|Gorgeous trails. Put this race in your race calendar! I'll be going back next year.|
|Lovely flights of stairs around mile 11.|
(Photograph courtesy of Ski Anything)
|Fun day on the trails with friends. Super proud of my fellow trail running mommas!|