Back in December, Nashville Running Bestie Jen convinced me to join her for The Cedars Frostbite, a trail half marathon.
It didn't take much convincing, I'll be honest.
As part of the Tennessee Running Tour, it was a steal at only $8 for registration, $20 if you also wanted the technical, long-sleeved tee, in pink, no less!
I have never been one to say no to a cheap race and a nice long sleeve tee, so I signed up and started dreading the run...
SECOND! This was no lazy Sunday run. I was sold a false bill of goods. As we drove to the course, Jen and my fellow runners kept talking about maintaining a 9:30 pace and setting new PR's.
"EXCUSE ME?!?!" I cried from the backseat. "When are we going to be walking?!?!"
As you can see from the graph above, there were a decent amount of hills involved in this course. None were so overwhelming to force walking (much to my chagrin) but the rolling hills seemed endless, with one immediately followed by the next and no end in sight.
Note to future self: Fig Newtons actually make a decent snack on a run when one has enough water to wash them down.
As the miles wore down and we finished several rounds of our new song "This is the hill that never ends..., Yes, it goes on and on my friends..." and one pathetic attempt at "Ninety nine bottles of beer in the wall" that was LESS than appreciated by those around us, we finally reached the home stretch and finished our day.
I hadn't set out to PR. I had intended to walk and enjoy a long, very slow run on some single track trails. What I got instead was a hilly road race with a PR that beat my last half marathon time by a solid 16 minutes. I guess I can't complain too much. :)
I'm glad I got the opportunity to run this race and although it was not at all what I was expecting, I'm glad I did it and will plan on running this, along with several others in the series, next year. For $8 each, I may end up doing most of them!
I guess the moral of the story here is sometimes, even when things don't go the way you anticipate, they can turn out even better.
Except for those hills. I still hate those hills.