Fragrance Lake Half Marathon/10k 2017
In 2016, the Fragrance Lake Half Marathon/10k was my first race of the year AND my very first trail race! I chose it with six weeks to train, with majority of my runs having to be on a treadmill due to the magic of drop-in childcare. I ended doing much better than I had expected, in fact, I finished in 1:13:17 as the second place overall female! Even though I REALLY wanted to try the half marathon distance this year, it would’ve been silly to even attempt that challenge at my current fitness level.
A major difference this year was the ability to go run out
on the trails, in addition to the gym, during my “extremely casual” training
plan. We also had a family member spending time with us, so they could stay
with Eisley during naptime while I could go running. I am very thankful!
Another big difference was the weather this winter. We had icy conditions,
below freezing temperatures, and tons of snow that seemed like it would never
melt. I made the most of being snowed in by doing wall sits, kettle bell
swings, lots of stretching, and jumping rope in the garage.
|Standing with the First and Second overall Females! Girl power!|
|Photo by the infamous Takao Suzuki|
The night before the race, sometime during the twilight zone, Eisley woke up crying and I coslept in her room until morning. After 2 ½ years of being on this motherhood journey, I am definitely used to functioning on interrupted sleep (sleep…what’s sleep?). I whipped together a delicious smoothie with banana, turmeric, blueberries, mango, oats, orange juice, and hemp protein powder. Reflecting back, I wish I had a piece of toast or bowl of oatmeal also. I made sure to have some Strawberry Lemonade Nuun in my pack to keep me hydrated and replenish my electrolytes. Of course I was running behind schedule (#momlife) and it took longer than anticipated to find parking, job 2/10 mile for my bib/check-in, and do a mini warm up. In the quick moments before the race start, I finally met two awesome ladies that are both inspirational ultra runners (hellooooooo!).
We took off at 9:00am and runners were movin’ along fast for the first 1.2 miles on the Interurban Trail. We had this ‘relatively flat’ time to gain speed before the slow climb/power hike/jog up Cleator Rd. Even though it seemed like an eternity, I think Cleator was only ¾ mile before we jumped on the beautiful single track trails. I tried to ignore my watch and now I’m glad I did! The display was accidentally showing my average pace, not my current pace. I couldn’t figure out why it was barely changing when I was trying to push harder, ha! Fragrance Lake looked lovely for the short time we ran along it. There was one other female runner ahead of me for a while that I was struggling to pass. Between the zigzagging muddy trail, my downward momentum, and the random rocks/roots, I couldn’t get around! The melted snow helped me out by providing a huge mud puddle that we each went around on separate sides, allowing me to squeeze past! Now, I hauled tail down the trail, constantly imagining her right behind me. The best motivation is a good competition! My tingling legs heavily sprinted down Chuckanut Dr to the finish line and my time was 1:06:45! I managed to cut off 7 minutes from last year’s time and that felt amazing! I tried to stay warm while drinking coffee and walking around, waiting over an hour for the awards ceremony. I took third female overall and was lucky enough to take home a finisher medal and award that were wood crafted by Elevation Culture, a San Diego-based business. Full results can be found at Ultrasignup. Thanks to Destination Trail for putting together such a great trail running experience! Next year, MAAAAAAAYBE next year, I will actually do the half marathon!