25K Brazos Bend Trail Race Report
What a great race day! The race started with high-fives from Rob Goyen, the race director, and ended with a hug from one of the other runners after I thanked him for helping me to run fast. He ran just ahead of me for miles and I tried to keep up with him. I only passed him because he stopped at an aid station.
Getting There: Easy drive! I live about an hour and a half away from Brazos Bend State Park, which is south of Houston.
Packet Pick-up: The Brazos Bend 50 mile, 50k, 25K and 10K had about 850 participants (a small race compared to many I've run) so packet pick-up on the morning of the race was fast. Rachel Goyen held my race shirt for me until after the race because I was afraid that there wasn't enough time for me to take the shirt back to my car before the race. Nice!
Weather: warm, windy, humid
Course: well-marked, flat 14.9 miles with a few rocky trails
Fuel Pre-race: waffles w/PB and syrup, banana, Gatorade at home, banana bread later (good thing I brought it for a snack to eat after the race!)
|Race Director's Pre-race Talk|
Fuel During the Race: I brought apple Gatorade and a Root Beer GU gel. From the aid stations, I had Coke, the yummiest lemon cake and Fig Newton cookies. Have you ever stuffed your mouth with two of those at once? Don't try this at home.
Fuel Post-race: It might be easier to write what I did not eat! There was lots to choose from at the aid station (AS) at the finish. I had a Gatorade slush (nice and cold!), Fig Newtons, peanut M&M's, a PB & J sandwich, grape soda, pickles and pretzels (a guy dressed like Waldo reminded me to take in some salt. I hate it when my feet cramp while I'm driving home from a race. No cramps today. Thanks, Waldo!) In the car, I drank the chocolate milk that I had brought because, you know, I hadn't had enough to eat yet.
Gear: Since my Garmin battery broke on Christmas morning (so sad), I've been using my Strava app to record runs. Worked fine today except that everyone around me had to hear my splits... My earbuds recently broke. Everything's breaking! New earbuds arrive today.
How many gators did I see? I saw one alligator after someone yelled out that he was in the water beside the trail. I would have missed it if she hadn't called out and I would have been so disappointed.
Later, the 50K winner, Cal, tweeted that he saw 2 gators and one snake. Score! After I saw my first gator, I looked and looked for another - nada! (Check out Cal's Twitter page for running inspiration!)
My Finish: I came in 3rd for female masters runners with a time of 2:30. I forgot to check to see if I placed before I left the park so I don't know if I won anything. That's okay, though, I'm just a little bit happy to have placed. Update: only awards given to the top 2, which makes me glad. I didn't miss anything!
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4/27/14 25K Race Report
You just can't beat running a race in the woods (and not getting lost) with friendly people while stuffing your face with cookies and counting gators!
Update: The top photo shows two other 25K runners, 79 year old Zhen Lui and his son. I want to be running when I'm 79!