On Friday, I got to run my first ever trail race.
On the way to Denver to spend the weekend with Kristen and her parents, I made a pit stop in Colorado Springs for the 2nd annual Blue Moon 5K.
After a 3+ hour drive, I made it to the park with about a half hour to spare. I waited in line to get my bib, but they were out of safety pins. So lucky me got to carry it for the whole race. At the last minute, I decided to grab my phone so I had music for the race. Good call!
Everyone made their way to the start lines. Not much of a warning or countdown, but we were off!
We rounded the corner of the park and headed into Ute Valley Park, a beautiful park with some great trails. The trail shot up into a quarter mile incline that was tough. By the time I reached the top, my chest was pounding. I used the rest of the mile basically to catch my breath as I was winding through the forest.
Then, it got incredible. Once I caught my breath, it became one of the best races I have ever done. I loved the inclines hopping over branches and rocks. I loved the downhills feeling my momentum pulling me down. The weaving in and around paths, the dirt, the rocks, the trees... it was all amazing.
I think I'm hooked on trail races!
Official Time: 32:42