I’ve been trying to decide whether to write a short version recap and a long version, or maybe give myself more time to “get over” the horrible race I had. So, I’m just going to sit down, start typing, and see what comes out.
First off, I want to make something clear, I LOVE technical trail running. Technical meaning that you have to have fast feet, there’s tons of roots, rocks, twists, turns along the trail, and you have to be on your toes, ready for anything. For the most part, Vancouver area trails are considered technical. There are some exceptions to this of course, and not all trails around here are that technical, but on a whole, the majority of the trails are. For example, the Baden Powell on a whole, is considered a very technical trail. The loop around Rice Lake and the connector trails like Twin Bridges or Fisherman’s to name a few well known local trails, are not considered technical.
Secondly, I also want to make it clear that I am damn proud of this race finish, no matter how slow it was, but, I did have a terrible day out there, and this recap will be a whiny mess, because that’s how I was on Sunday. I will not apologize for hating this race, because that’s how I feel.
Thirdly, call it what you want; character building, worst case scenario training, a challenge, whatever you want, it’s not going to change the fact that I hated this race. This takes nothing away from the stunning views and landscape of the Yakima Canyon. It is an absolutely gorgeous place to run a race, but I personally do not believe in running a race on rocky horse trails, it just isn’t fun to me. Yes, I realize that some people look at this race as a gnarly challenge and that excites them. That isn’t me, and that won’t be me. I love to be challenged, I do not like to put myself in a position to feel unnecessary pain. Yes, running an ultra marathon for fun could be considered unnecessary pain if that isn’t the norm for your life. It is the norm for my life, but the only requirement is that the races and runs are still fun in the end.
Sunday, in no way, shape, or form was fun for me. Not even a little bit, and that’s where I draw the line.
Not sick of me whining yet? Here comes the race recap…