RR: Cedro Peak trail marathon April 27
Drove to/stayed with my wonderful cousin in Albq.NM. We ate some spaghetti for dinner. Got up at 4:30 am. Put bandaids on all potential blister areas on both feet, then wrapped it with thin adhesive tape. Rub some Friction on the area, then put on Injini socks, compression calf sleeves, running skirt, short sleeved tech shirt, then a long-sleeved tech shirt. Ate toasted english muffin w peanut butter, and decaf coffee on the way to race location. Took me about 30 minutes. It's 44 degrees when I get to the race location. NICE!! slight breeze. Cloudless day.
Checked in and got race bib and race hoodie, it's really nice!! Sat in car, finishing eating and hydrating. Tried on race hoodie, it's too small. ugh!! So while I took my drop off bag to area, I asked if I could exchange it. Yes, I can! Back to car, got a couple of additional items for drop off bag. Got race hoodie. Back to check in, exchanged it. Then put race hoodie on bench while I put items in drop off bag. Totally spaced out the race hoodie!! ugh!! Didn't know this till later that night.
Wore visor, buff on ears and small waist bag with 2 collapsible bottles. Both marathon and 50K runners start at 7 am. Took it slow and easy, finding a good pace. First/Last A.S. is about a mile, then a 4.7 mile loop, back to first A.S. before turning right, about another 4 miles to next A.S., then up and down on very rocky technical single track. It's about close to 10 miles and I'm feeling good about finishing between 6-7 hrs.
I caught up with a F runner and she is relieved to see another runner. She has already tripped twice and has a gash on her shin. After reaching the top of this hill, we didn't see the arrow for a left turn. A male runner catches us and we tell him we may have missed a turn but he says to follow him. The course has been well-marked with pink flags so I'm hesitate. The female and I questioned it and we SHOULD have turned around but the male runner tells us that he ran this last year and we are on the right course. The F runner ran it last year too but doesn't remember the course.
I kept looking for the PINK flags, and getting concerned but the M runner kept saying it was the right way. Finally after 2 miles, the M runner admitted we are on the wrong trail and he turns around and leaves us!! We didn't get his name or number, I can't believe I didn't ask!!
I suggested we turn around but the F runner does not want to and is getting tired but knows that we have to go up and reach the tower which is in our sight and wants to go another 1/2 mile .......but the trail/dirt road has too many switchbacks. I don't wear a Garmin but she does and keeps track of the distance. But she turns it off when we are standing around, and turns it back on when we go. She forgot a couple of times though.
I finally persuaded her to turn around, we walk/jogged back. Finally getting back to the missed turn!!
This is an out and back. I'm doing ok but F runner isn't. She doesn't want to continue but we know it will be put down as a DNF..........I've yet to have one and I'm not starting now. F runner doesn't either but she is dejected and keeps telling me how far we still have to go.
But I told her we are just going from A.S. to A.S. to check in and we can rest. That sounds more do-able. I told her I was not going to leave her. She follows me. She came here with 5 others. 4 are running the trail marathon, 1 is running the HM. They are all from south Texas. We meet up with a couple of them on this trail and told them what happened. I told them I can take her back to the hotel after the race so they don't have to wait for her.
We finally got to the next A.S. They were wondering what happened. We told them. But they won't give us a break. We still have to go up to the top (a mile and back) and check in!! This is the turnaround point. The F runner doesn't want to. I told her we can walk up and jog down. I don't care about time anymore and she just doesn't care at all, LOL!!
We make it to the top and back down to the same A.S. Grabbed some PB&J wraps, I ate some pickles and chips and hydrated with Tailwind. Filled my bottles with water. We walked the rocky hilly portions/jogged the dirt portions. We talked. She is 61, WOW!! She looks younger than that; she is more of a road runner. She is getting cramps. She eats mustard and cramping ceases. I read about that but have never tried it. It worked for her, wow!! She trips again but gets right up and continues.
She's lagging behind and I have to stop now and then. She is swearing, LOL!! She finds out she lost her water bottle 'somewhere,' probably when she tripped. I have plenty. We meet up with mountain bikers, they offer encouragement. Then the 2 sweeper runners.
We jog to the last A.S. It's only a mile to the finish. We sit down and she is totally wiped out. But she says she will finish. I told her I'm going to run and she waves me off. I get a burst of energy, and I take off.
Ran up the last rocky hill, the volunteers are cheering at the top. Then about another 1/4 mile across the parking area to the finish!! YAY!! F runner finishes about 5 minutes after me. She is walking but I run her in. She places 1st in her AG (60-69).
My official time: 7:37:35. OV 34/36. 20/21 Female. 7/7 AG. Can you believe I wasn't a last finisher?!? My goal was between 6-7 hrs. Our total miles ended up just over 30 miles!! Almost a 50K, HA!!
Met the rest of the F runner's group. F runner kept hugging me and thanking me for staying with her. I told her that if it was just us at the missed turn, we would have turned around and avoided all this. But it's in the past, we made it to the finish upright!.
Definitely a memorable race!! It was great course though. Things happen and you just readjust and keep plugging away. I had to take off shoe/sock at A.S. (mile 9?), tape rubbing on big toe. One of the volunteers slathered some vaseline on it and I didn't have any problems with blisters rest of the run, YAY!!
Knee complained on the downhills and it did swell up but I'm use to it after long runs. Iced it and elevate when I got back.
I'm surprised how well my recovery is going. Not much soreness or aches, yippee!!
Oh, I stopped at REI in Albq. on Sunday when I was returning home. Bought a Garmin Fenix 5S. It was on sale!! Don't think I would have bought it if it wasn't on sale, it's still ridiculous though. But my RB in MN loves hers. Have 90 days to try it out. I miss wearing an analog watch face and this was one of the selling point for me.
Wed: 3 easy miles.
Thurs(today): 6 easy miles.
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