|group shot before the start|
I slept all of 2 hours the night before. Woke up at 4am, well before my alarm, and headed to Lillington shortly thereafter. It was a short drive of an hour and 15 minutes. Arrived before the gates opened and chilled for a bit with other early arrivals as we waited for the ranger to open the gates.
Soon the gates were open and about 2 dozen folks arrived for the start of the FA run. We snapped a group photo then we were off! I stayed near the front with some folks who knew the course - Nathan, Paul and Steve. I figured if there was a way for me to get lost, I most certainly would! My plan was to stick with them for as long as I could so I would learn the course and be able to navigate it the next 2 laps.
It wasn't more than 1/2 mile in that I realized that I hadn't run trails in a long time. Like a really long time. The last race I ran on single track trail was Umstead Marathon nearly 2 years ago. It felt great to be back out there in the woods but I was way out of practice on this sort of terrain. It was not the most difficult trail I have been on, but it certainly was not easy. Rocks and roots and lots of ups n downs. The rocks were cold from the temperature of the earth and they got condensation on them as the day warmed up. Had to be careful!
|runnin the blue blazes!|
I completed lap 1 just over 2 hours. I knew I was not going to be able to hold that. Hindsight I probably went out too fast but sometimes company is nice instead of running alone...
The second lap I took slower. Walked more of the hills and took more pictures. It was a beautiful day and was warming up nicely.
I finished lap 2 in about 4:45. Considerably slower, but at that point I was just trying to finish the miles.
|At the bottom of the out n back|
|My hokas ♥|
I sat in the shelter for a long while. I was dizzy and felt nauseous. I think I was dehydrated.... It was then that John started to choke on a pretzel. Of course I thought it was amusing and I started laughing. He seemed mad that I was laughing but I tell you what, it was a diversion from the wave of nausea that was overwhelming me. I was not feelin well at all...
|Me, being my goofy self - lol!|
I had a great time. Its always great to get together with a group of running friends. I like the timing of this run - right before Christmas - perfect time to get a long run in to burn off all those junk food calories!
Thx to Nathan and George for setting this up. I hope you all keep it going again for next year. I love small get togethers like this. To me, they are much more fun than the big races. Granted, both types of events are fun, but small FA events are where its at.
Til next year *Cheers*