I squeezed into the crowd and ended up next to a girl who was my shoe twin.
The trail is a single track so it was really hard trying to pass anyone. I got frustrated at first but then I remembered that I wasn't doing this race for a PR. I just wanted to run a trail and have fun. And not get injured.
People were falling all over the place and I knew it would only be a matter of time before I hit the deck. I was totally prepared for it, but I wasn't expecting to be picked up immediately before any bodily harm could occur! Thank you to the big man behind me that picked me up and then took off! So I fell once. Not too bad considering all the other falls happening around me!
I do have a few complaints:
1. Do not wear headphones on a trail race like this. You really need to hear the people around you. There were a couple of times that I tried to make moves to pass people and I nearly got taken out because they couldn't hear me saying, "On your left".
2. I'm all for bringing your kids to fun races like this. Heck, I plan on bringing Lexi and Lyla one day if they want to come. But please don't let your kid ask every couple of minutes, "are we there yet?". It's only a little annoying.
My official time was 35:55. Nothing special but like I said, I had to give up on any PR dreams when I realized this wasn't going to be that kind of race. I would definitely do this race again. I love trails and the different muscles that get used. I was definitely sore in different places the next day!