This was the second time I raced this course. This is a great race and a huge challenge! I ran the 5k course and was back to see if I could beat my previous time.
Unfortunately, I had a cold and wasn’t sure how that was going to impact my breathing. The gun went off and we were off. Immediately, we descended into the canyon. There are a few parts on the descent that were very steep and slippery due to gravel. I had to slow down a bit to remain in control.
Once I was on the canyon floor, there was a short trail run before we started to climb. The climb is always interesting. I felt like I was stronger on the climb this time even though I had to walk once or twice in steep areas. Sometimes it’s just better for me to take a few walking steps than use all my energy trying to run up a steep slope. Once I reached the top, there was a short distance to run on the pavement before I crossed the finish line.
I ended up being 3 seconds slower than the previous time I ran this race. However, I felt like my legs were much stronger this time around.