Race Day Agoura Hills -Chesbro 1/2 Marathon trail Run
I was a little worried at the start of this race because of the muscle I pulled on Wednesday but I had done everything I could to treat it and I was not going to not do this race. This is my favorite race that I complete every year. It’s hard trail course that starts at 800ft and at the highest point climbs to 1600ft. It’s a beautiful run just a lot of climbing over hills, rocks, boulders, single track running spaces ...hard but tons of fun because it’s challenging. The start of the race starts off as two big straight downhills and people have a tendency to start too fast… I decided the night before that I would take the first three miles that start on asphalt easy and then slowly increase my speed according to how my injury felt…well by mile 3, I started increasing my speed as we entered the trail portion of the run. I started running at my normal pace.
Mile 5 - I bite it HARD!!! lol ...I slipped on the trail. Luckily the way I fell did not injury me. I took about 2 min walking up the trail to gather myself and started up again..
Mile 6-7 These are long climbing miles. I had been doing hill workouts every Wednesday for the past two months and the hills felt ok not to difficult. I remember in the past being overwhelmed and really challenged by them, but not this time. I was not out of breath at all when I reached the top and the majority of these hills were very steep. I was able to pass up a lot of runners at these points.
Mile 8 - This is the hardest hill going up to 1600ft. From the bottom all you see is bobbing heads climbing the hill in a circular shape. I remember when I first did this race 4 years ago…I thought “wow there must be another race going on, yeah they would not make us climb there, that must be the advance course…haha not) This year the course felt easier.
Mile 9 -10 I love this part ...It’s all downhill and I went fast down it.
Mile 11-13 Home stretch ... I started to feel in that last mile the hills and my legs getting tired but I made it in. When I saw the clock at the end saying 2:27:53 I was excited.
This run is not fast and my time is always slower then my normal 1/2 marathon race time (which is usually between 2:07- 2:15)because of the hills, climbing, and single track areas, but this was great for me as I took almost 20 min off last years time. Anytime that I can improve and overcome a challenge it’s a WIN for me!
I was going to try to sneak in another workout but Andy gave me a talking to about working out before an event and also trying to workout on an injury. On his advice I just watched everyone and stretched and I massage my legs with some kind of torture device that Andy gave me. It was the best advice I ever took.
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