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My first trail race, the Bigfoot Trail 10K, was a success in that I ended up first female! My official time was 42:58 (6:55 avg pace). I came in 6th overall out of 97 10K runners. As I mentioned in my previous post, I had no expectations for this run. As I was running it though, I realized that this was a bit of a lie. I had expected to run faster than that. Honestly, my 5th mile clocked in at 7:12 and it took me about 0.25 miles to not think about all of the marathon miles that I logged that were faster than that.
But, I am getting ahead of myself.
I woke up bright and early Saturday morning at 5:00 AM, although not because I wanted to get up that early. My alarm was set for 5:45. My son was ready to get the day started. I was running this race as a BibRave Pro, which meant that I had to wear my orange BibRave Pro jersey for the race. I got myself dressed, braided my hair, and went downstairs to get something to eat. The night before I had made a bottle of Gen UCan to store in the fridge (I think it tastes better this way...or at least I have fewer problems choking it down!). I brewed some coffee for the road and had a slice of wheat toast with cashew butter.
I had a little over one hour drive one way to get to Big Foot Beach State Park. It was a pretty easy drive from my house and I had a mug of coffee. I got to the park, paid $5 for parking and easily parked. I had an hour and fifteen minutes until race start. I should have brought a book!
I felt I ran pretty conservatively to start. We ran on grass, then over a wooden bridge and then were on the groomed trails of the state park. Sections were very squishy and muddy and there were some roots to look out for, but overall, I didn't feel that it was a very technical course. It definitely was 98% on trails - there was a section of the loop that was on a service road but that was it. It was a nice balance of sun and shade. I did feel like I was lucky to not trip or fall - it is hard to run for a long time on grass! There was a downhill section that was muddy and filled in with wood chips. I just let it rip down it and then realized that was probably a foolish move. The race directors had warned me on Twitter about a little hill near the end of the loop. The first loop this hill didn't feel too rough. The second time through was a little tougher.
|Part of the course|
By the time I started the 4th mile, I felt like I was going to puke. I really wanted to stop. The 4th mile was at 7:02 and 5th was 7:12. I ended up dumping a cup of water on my head at one of the water stops because I was so hot. I chugged along on the last mile (7:01) to cross the finish in 42:58. According to my Garmin, my finish was 43:01. I was excited to see my official time come in under 43.
The finish featured some more Nuun and water but no food, which I was disappointed about. There were no awards either - which maybe that is a trail race thing? I met another WI Bibrave Pro ( @pktrish on IG) and chatted with him. He also had never done a trail race and we agreed it was a good one for a beginner. The park was beautiful and you had views of the lake!
Overall, I thought this was a great race to try my hand at trail racing. It was easy to get to and well marked and organized.
My bibrave.com review is here.