Miles to Health

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Buzzard Day 25K

This race kicked my butt, was expecting the trails to be muddy from melting snow and rain from the last couple of days, well no such luck the snow never melted and seeing mud was a welcome site.

Lets start from the beginning, met up with Shelby at the Walmart parking lot in Macedonia at 8am, she agreed to drive and we were on our way, I think with all we had you will think we were running the 100k but better to be prepared.

We got there early and parking wasn't an issue like it was stated in the email, we could have gotten an extra couple of minutes of sleep. It was suppose to rain but luckily it stopped raining before we started, we stayed in the car for a while catching up then we went in and got our bib and instead of a tshirt we got a chili/soup bowl, which is too cute.

The 50k and 100k runners, started before us, the ones we saw coming in weren't too much, upon further investigation we were told ice and slushy snow was a problem not mud, was expecting mud due to the thaw and rain of the last couple of days, well this trail looked like it just got fresh snow and the more we ran, the icy and slippery it got.

Initial we were suppose to do a single 25k loop but due to rising water on the creek and some other flooded location this became 3 loops of 5.2miles, hard to complaint since the 100k runners had to do 12 loops, this was also a  Run to Share Event with all the money going to a local family going through a difficult time, after all expenses paid with the running club taking no profit.

After a quick funny briefing by the race director Roy, we were on our merry way, sending us off was the husband of the family we were supporting.

We look so happy before the start, it didn't take us long to know this was going to be a hard race, there were section we could barely run or walk since we kept on sliding to the edge due to the flow of the water off the trail and it being very icy.

Picture By Tonya
It was really hard going, slushy snow was fast turning to packed ice and we were sliding all over the place, we actually were able to keep a pretty good pace, running all the hills and only walking the hard to run slippery sections.

I have never been so glad to finish a race, even thou this was a 5.2 mile loop, to conquer this one I just hard to break it down into section despite the fact that this was a short loop.
Start to bridge, bridge tor road, road to turn around, weather was perfect even the course was better but that didn't really stop the 25k who finished in 1:46

Grateful to have another one under my belt, and always nice to catch up with trail friends I haven't seen in a while.

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