January 17, 2014

Xterra Monte Sano 15k & 5K (and a raffle winner)

Even though last week was the week of the janky foot (I self-diagnosed my left foot with some sort of sprain -- specific, I know), it ended on a high note. 

So to dole out some obvious advice, resting when you're hurt is a good thing. After a wonky-feeling start to my Tuesday run, I decided to cut off that run and not try any more running until my race on Saturday, if the foot felt better. And it worked. Common sense prevailed!

I also decided to downgrade my Xterra Monte Sano 15K to 5K because using common sense is sometimes contagious. 

The morning of the race, I got up around 4 a.m. to the sound of sheets of rain beating my roof like a stampede of 100 bazillion horses with iron feet. This was making my decision to only run the 5K even more solid because I knew the course would be swamped, just like last year

Coach Alex, me, Mary, and Greg. My Alabama Outdoors teammies.

The course did not disappoint us in that regard. Because it had rained so much that morning, it was like the trails turned into creek beds. We had lots and lots of splashing through muddy water and some sludgy mud.

For real, it was muddy.

At one point, I stepped into what I thought was a shallow puddle but ended up being a deep puddle, and water was up to my shorts. Excuse me, insta swimming pool on the trail, I need my leg back now.

The most impressive thing about this race was this little lady in the center below who kicked butt in the 5K and is eight months pregnant. These are her home trails, so she was confident about safely running them. Can I just say, she wins all the prizes for kick-butt-ness.

Military ladies rocking Monte Sano.

Also impressive: the quantity of bananas they provided at this race. And all at optimum ripeness. Why can't we even get the three bananas at our house to do this simultaneously?


As far as my performance, I finished the slippery course in 27:37 and won first place for women and eighth place overall.


My husband was really excited that I won a North Face backpack. Turns out that he likes running when I bring home prizes to him.

Race director and me.

Some things that I learned on this day:

* Don't bring toe socks to put on after a cold, wet race. Toes with no feeling have a hard time navigating specific paths.

Toe sock fail.

* My coach has the best bag for running gear. The bottom zips open for a waterproof pouch for your wet clothes, and the side zips open to hold your muddy shoes. Endurance Bags makes this one.


* If you want to be able to dance all night at the annual Birmingham Track Club party, running only 5K that morning is optimal.

Trail runners unite at the track club party.
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And thank you so much to everyone who has donated to Mitchell's Place so far! Just to note: all donations are tax deductible. We had a small pool for the raffle, and I wish I had a gift card for all of you. 


No. 3, Cat Ramsden, is the winner. Email me at yomommaruns(at)gmail.com with your address, so I can mail it out right away.