My next big race is 5Peaks Golden Ears. Im really excited to run this race. I grew up in the area and spent a lot of time at this park growing up. Since moving back to the area a couple months, I’ve been exploring the trails at Golden Ears park a lot by default since they’re so close to home! With the race only a month or so away I figured I would get my hands on a course map and go and give it a shot on Saturday afternoon.
I had no intention of pulling a great time, and the distance wasn’t intimidating at all. I saw one elevation on the course that made me gulp a bit, but figured I could take it. Plus, for every nasty uphill there is a wicked fun downhill! I had to modify my start a bit because of where I parked, and the fact that I had no desire to dodge everyone enjoying the first hot sunny day of the year on the beach. I had my map tucked into my pack for easy access, and most forks along the way have a map stapled to them to assure me I’m on the right track.
The first couple of KMS went by easy. I felt great, the weather was the best I’ve seen all year, my legs were happy and I was happy. I passed some beautiful scenery, but this man made waterfall was the one to have me stop my timer for a minute. Just gorgeous! Then I climbed over it.
So, how is it that a leisurely, perfectly mapped out and planned run turns into a distance record and one long ass day…..