Expedition 12K recap

This race went about as expected – which is to say I was undertrained, am very sore today, and finished in about 1:45. Ok, so my actual finish time was 1:50, but I think I predicted it pretty closely considering I’d never run these trails before.

But first we need to back up to the week before, because I almost kept up my absurd string of DNSing. (Almost every race I registered for between September 2016 and now, I’ve been sick or injured on race day. The only 2 races I made it to I signed up for the day before.) Last Tuesday I skipped my planned run because I was exhausted. Wednesday was more of the same, but I went to the gym for about 20 minutes and felt a bit better afterwards. So after that everything was fine…haha nope. I spent most of Thursday and Friday on the couch with tea and soup. Saturday I felt mostly ok, so I picked up my race packet and hoped for the best.

The race covers most of the trails in Lewis & Clark State Park. The official race description says there’s over 1,200 feet of elevation gain, though if you believe my Garmin it’s actually over 1,600. I guess that is technically more than 1,200. In summary, it looks like this: 

I ran the first mile thinking “ah, nice runnable trail”, and then the uphill started. I actually felt relatively ok on the uphills during this race. Well, no, I felt more like I was lightheadedly oozing up, needing all my energy to keep any forward momentum. But my splits suggest I was hiking pretty briskly, despite my feelings. The top of the hill brought the first aid station and then a downhill. Wheeee.

By the time I got to the second aid station the sun had come out from behind the clouds. I asked, without much hope, if any of the volunteers had sunscreen. Nope, no one was expecting the sun….I’m a bit sunburnt today. The trail after this aid station and up the second big hill was super muddy, making climbing up even more draining. By the time I got to the top I just wanted to sit on a rock for a minute, but compromised with myself by stopping just long enough for a couple pictures.

And it was (almost) all downhill from there! But by this point my lack of endurance had caught up to me. I was cruising at an easy-for-downhill pace and couldn’t get my legs to move any faster. I could even see/hear the finish line from more than a mile out – which encouraged me to pick up the pace, even if it was a false hope – but nope. The downhill momentum may have been the only reason I was still running.

At the finish line I ate a big bowl of chili with chips, and then I went home and snacked for most of the rest of the day. Not an exaggeration. My body was not sure what to do with that level of activity. But I’m no more tired today than I would expect after running almost 2 hours, so at least my cold/fever seems to be vanquished.


Uphill or downhill?

First thing (after the shower) when you get home from a race: nap or snacks?

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18 Comment

  1. Teresa says: Reply

    That is some serious elevation! I’m, not seriously, considering attempting a very hilly 25k trail race this weekend …and I have run no single tracks …at all …lately. I’m an idiot for even considering it …but it just keeps calling my name! Glad you’re feeling better though!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      With trail races I usually figure…..I can at least hike it!

  2. Wendy says: Reply

    Geez, that elevation!! Congrats on finishing–and I’m so glad you broke your DNS streak. My goal this year is no DNS. Let’s see how that goes!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      No DNS – that’s the dream!

  3. What a crazy race – way to go for even finishing it, girl! That is epic!
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  4. Farrah says: Reply

    Hills are the worst! x_x That is some crazy elevation for a run–great job on finishing! I’m definitely more of a fan of downhill running, although I will admit that hills are great for training. I’m definitely team snack-then-nap!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Definitely agree on the snacks!

  5. That elevation looks crazy! But I bet the views were amazing 😉 I’m glad you were able to to the race. You definitely earned some snacks and rest afterwards 😉

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Thanks! Endless snacks for the rest of the day 😉

  6. I’m glad you made it to the race! That elevation is no joke. I mean, trail running in general is no joke, but woof! You deserve all the snacks!

    1. Hannah says: Reply

      And I ate them!

  7. Wow that sounds intense! Definitely snacks (and coffee) before naps
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      All the snacks!

  8. Debbie says: Reply

    Wow! That looks tough! Nice job! Confession: I sometimes take my nap before I take my shower. 🙂 But I do eat first.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      Thank you!

  9. I like when trail races around here finish on a downhill, but that first part looks intense. I haven’t been to Lewis and Clark yet. Maybe next year’s race… chili sounds good. Great job on the race! Oh, and I snack, then eventually nap.
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    1. Hannah says: Reply

      This was my first time to Lewis and Clark…I keep meaning to go when the caverns are open.


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