But I woke up feeling good, got my stuff organized, and headed out to meet my carpool to the start line. It was downright chilly out so we were all pretty bundled up as we got ourselves organized and prepared to start the race.
|Photo via Kim. Pre race, bundled up and cold. Bridget (whose name I'm pretty sure I'm spelling wrong), Nicole, Sam, Kim, me!|
Before I knew it we were off and running down a very very very very long hill. I tried not to think about how we would be running back up that hill twice (Sam kept claiming three times, but we all know what Sam's sense of direction is like, right? we figured she was probably thinking of one of the other giant hills on the route).
|Nicole and I totally dorking out heading down the first hill. Free race photos meant we went full on #runnerd every time we spotted a photographer.|
|Ugh will you look at this hill...|
|OH SHIT PHOTOGRAPHER! FREAK OUT! That's better! Even if Sam is totally hogging the whole picture. NICE, Sam.|
|Nicole: I'm taking a picture, everyone pretend to run for a second! Us: Can we stop yet?|
|I'm just going to leave this course elevation profile here. LULZ.|
|I swear none of us are as princess-y as our high pitched screams every time we had to run across a muddy patch would suggest.|
|This looks like an editorial in a running magazine. Possibly my favourite race picture ever. Although I will admit that right after we passed this photographer we were all 'well, we got some good pictures...and now we walk'.|
|Heading up the final hill to the finish. It's a really big hill. Really, really big.|
|After Sam & Bridgette TOTALLY DITCHED US, Nicole and I pretended to run up the hill to the finish.|
|Just one shot of Nicole and I heading for the finish together would have been nice here. Oh well, at least you can see her hand?|
It was a fabulous way to spend a morning, and I would definitely recommend Sulphur Springs. Just pure fun. It also makes a great choice for trail newbies, I think, because it isn't too technical but has lots of hills and scenery to keep you happy. Plus you get to cross paths with the 50 and 100 mile runners and admire how freaking crazy they are.
This does solidify my desire to do the Run for the Toad 25k this fall, and maybe check out a 5 peaks race over the summer. Trails are just such a great way to remind yourself about how fun running can be, and I want more of them! Plus there are miles and miles of the Bruce Trail near my house to explore. Can't wait.
|Muddy shoes and medal. /artsy|