Yesterday was Trail Mix at Hyland Hills!
I ran the 25K (15.5 mile) solo trail run and Micah ran as part of a four-person relay (50K total or 12.25K per person). There was also a 50K (31 mile) solo event, but seriously--who wants to do that?
It was a super fun race on a sunny day, and I ended up doing about as well as I could have imagined doing.
My course was two loops of major hills over grass, dirt, and mud that wound around Richardson Nature Center, a few lakes, and the rest of the Nordic ski trail area.
Normally the course includes a singletrack "goat path" up the back of the downhill ski area, up to the TOP of the ski area, and then you run down one of the ski slopes, but it got cut out this year because it was so muddy and precarious.
So, I finished 26th out of 101 women, and 129th out of 287 overall finishers with a time of 2:15:51. (8:46 mile pace.) My times for loops 1 and 2 were about even, which I was very pleased with because it's incredibly easy to go out too hard and then die on the 2nd loop.
And the best part is that I'm not sore! It's a pretty unforgiving course and if you haven't run a lot of hills in preparation, you'll be doing a peg-leg pirate dance afterwards for sure!
Micah's relay team got 2nd place, and was only out of 1st by about 30 seconds! They are some pretty fast dudes. Fun times in the outdoors!