Saturday, June 4, was beautiful. Gorgeous. We’d been having some seriously H-O-T weather here in DC, so I was afraid my relay team was going to get fried at the NorthFace Endurance Challenge (DC). Lucky for us, it was perfect!
I ran with Carly, Theresa and Maryll on the Marathon Relay team “Heart Breakers”. We went out to the Endurance Challenge to have a good time and enjoy the day – we weren’t too concerned with times.
The course was in Algonkian Regional Park in Sterling, Va. It was an out-and-back with a tiny lollypop at the end (see Carly’s blog here for the map!). Each runner had to run the same course – the tradeoff point was the same for each transition. Which was great, because it allowed us to set up a little picnic area to wait out each runner. It also allowed ample time to visit the Expo, which included food, drinks, technical tees, giveaways – I played a darts-game and won an iPhone soft case that says North Face on it!
I ran the first leg, with Carly second, Maryll third, and Theresa anchoring. We ended up finishing in 4:39:38. I’m pretty darn proud of ourselves! Especially considering it was Carly’s and my first trail race! I enjoyed most of my trail race – with the exception of accidentally running across the water bridge:
I have to say, though, that trail running uses different muscles for stability than road racing does. I was feeling soreness in my hip-flexors, IT band and calves because I used them so much more to stay upright on the tree roots and gravel. (I went to yoga on Tuesday to work out some soreness, and that really helped! I might have to add yoga into the mix on a weekly basis.)
All in all it was a fantastic run, and I had a great time with the Heart Breakers team. We’ve already talked about returning for next year’s marathon relay as a team! 🙂