On Saturday I ran Summit Rock trail race in Saratoga, CA. They offer 3 distances, half marathon, 10k and 5k. Since I run for fun on trails, but never races I decided to do the 5k and try it out. I was also slightly intimidated since the course record was 26:42! My 5k PR for a normal flat road race is 24:52…so if the fastest person ever to do the race clocked in at 26:42 I knew I was in for a really hard course.
I was right, the first half was almost literally entirely straight up a mountain and than you turn around and come back down. It was a little cold at 31 degrees, but my INKnBURN Current Pullover kept me toasty.
I am fortunate enough to live in an area where redwood trees are allover, so I take it for granted. This course made me remember how beautiful they really are. This picture is blurry, but you can get an idea of what the redwood forest is like. This was the very beginning flat part.
As we got further up the mountain there was a clearing and had actual frost and ice on the ground. That is COLD for this area!
This race made me appreciate flat paved courses that are wide enough to pass people on. It was definitely the hardest 5k I have ever ran, but really enjoyable too. I saw lots of people trip and fall. Trail racing is no joke!
I loved the medal because it has an owl on it. One of my favorite animals. It is always awesome when my daughter greets me with a lollipop at the end too 🙂
Have you ever ran a trail race?