Saturday, May 17, 2014
Ah, the Dirty Dog. The toughest race I've ever done. And probably, no not probably, definitely one of my favorites. I run races not because I think I can win them, but because there's a small part of me that doubts my ability and thinks I can't. So, I run races to prove to myself that I can.
For me, each and every time I stand at the start line, no matter how many times I've been there before, I'm faced with a challenge. The 5k is a time challenge - how fast can I do this?; the half marathon is a distance challenge - can I really go 13.1 miles?; the Dirty Dog is just a challenge - can I do this at all?
|Dirty Dog Elevation Profile|
Thoughts from various points of the race:
- Climbing Pigeon Roost - this isn't as hard as I remember it being.
- Heading down to Dunlop Hollow - I need new trail shoes - this is killing my toes
- On a rocky part of the descent - fellow runner says "we don't want to break any bones... well at least I don't"; no, breaking bones is definitely not high on my list of priorities for the day
- Heading up White Hollow - remind me again why I think this is fun?
- Still heading up White Hollow - this would be so much easier if I could breathe or if I was a mountain goat
- Almost to the top of White Hollow - I can't do this anymore; I can't go another step.
- And upon turning around and looking back down at what I had just climbed - I don't have a choice; I can't stay here, going back down would be harder than going up was, so forward is the only way to go.
- On Middle Ridge Road - this mud is annoying - my feet are either sticking in it or sliding on it.
- On Middle Ridge - I hear people, are they behind me or in front of me? Am I last?
- At the turn onto Johnson Hollow - the forest sign is spelled wrong; i'm pretty sure it's "Johnson Hollow" and not "Johnon Hollow".
- Going down Johnson ("Johnon"?) Hollow - oh my feet.... oh my knees.... ouch ouch ouch. this really hurts.
- Still going down Johnson Hollow - Hey you're going the wrong way (to the 2 people who were going back up)
- Almost at the bottom - I hear music! I did it!
- Coming out of the woods - I see the finish line! i really did it!
- Heading towards the finish - There's my mom! I really really did it!!
- Crossing the finish - I did it! I did it! I did it! my feet really hurt, but i did it!
Dirty Dog 15k Trail Run
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Finish Time: 2:34:04 (garmin); 2:34:09 (official)
Place: 252 of 277 overall; 29 of 32 age group