Yesterday, I ran my second trail race, the Paramount Ranch Trail 10k. The trail was muddy, rocky, foggy, hilly and incredibly fun!
The trails I’ve been running on are nothing compared to some of this terrain. So I’ve been getting quite a work-out on my last two races (the Crystal Cove 6k and yesterday’s 10k).
I got there real early that morning (around 5:45am). It was so foggy and dark, you couldn’t see anything but car’s headlights. It was actually kind of cool.
Once I parked, I made my way over to the barn to check in and pick up my race bib. There, I met and talked to Ricardo Ramirez for a little bit. I told him I wanted to train and maybe run the Leona Divide 50k next April. Well, I came to find he won that race finishing in 4:17:24 (yeah, that’s not intimidating).
From there, I met a few people from the running meetup group that I run with – OC Trail Tales – and then, we got down to it…
Panorama Photo from the Course:
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Mile #1: 9:19
Mile #2: 11:21
Mile #3: 11:10
Mile #4: 10:47
Mile #5: 9:57
Mile #6: 11:07
It’s strange, I always struggle with the first two miles. After that, around mile #3 and #4, I feel better. Basically, I should warm up by doing a light jog for half-a-mile or something.
The race results haven’t been posted, but I finished somewhere around 1:02:– or 1:04:– (I didn’t turn off my Garmin at the finish). But I felt great. I just wish I had run the course faster. But that’ll come with increasing my mileage and practicing on more technical terrain. So I’m feeling good about how I’m doing.
I’m really starting to realize how much I love running on trails. So I’m really looking forward to many more races in the new year!