Happy Tuesday! I’m back with another race recap to share today! Today’s recap is something a little new as it’s a trail race! I’m mostly a road runner (Looney Tunes tie-in welcomed), but I reserve a couple trail runs through out the year to break up on the routine, and this year’s One Ale of A Trail race was the first to kick it off! This was my second year to participate, I first ran it a few years ago, but last year’s race was cancelled due to flooding. The course was split between a five mile and ten mile route, and my Dad and I opted for the five mile this year!
What I Wore:
- Nike compression shorts
- T-Shirt from 2015 Del Frisco’s 5k
- Saucony Kinvara 5 (my old shoes!)
- Headband from Target
- Apple Watch
I should note, I was wildly unprepared OOTD wise for this race. I intended to wear my Altra Superior’s, but when I met my Dad at my parent’s house before the race, he informed me that this particular course wasn’t a trail-y (Way to put that college education to use, Mallory) and I could probably get away with wearing my regular running shows. Well, I didn’t bring a backup, but thankfully my old Saucony’s were still tucked away in my old room, so I ditched the Altra’s and went with the old standby!
I would describe the course as probably 80% gravel, 15% paved sidewalk, and 5% mud and grass. The previous course, which was located at Lake Lewisville is still recovering from previous flooding, so it was moved to the Trinity Trail in Forth Worth. The trail is an absolutely beautiful course, which over looks the Trinity River, Fort Worth architecture, and nearby parks. It was predominately focused on a gravel path, but wasn’t especially challenging, which I appreciated but it made it more accessible for runners and walkers of all strengths.
How I Felt:
I started out a little tight in my knees, but I think it was it just my legs warming up to it being my first run since my half marathon the weekend prior, but I eventually found my groove by mile two and coasted the rest of the way through. The weather, while a little warm, was great for the event, but it felt wonderful to be outside and under the sun.
- Post Race
After the race, we were met with food trucks, and the best part, free beer! People had brought out their dogs (shout out to the golden retriever I saw that should get a dog modeling contract), and sat out and enjoyed the sunshine and festivities! My Dad and I aren’t big beer enthusiasts, but we’ll take anything for free, so we both split the beer provided by the Shannon Brewing Company!
It’s not often I get to participate in a trail race, but the One Ale of A Trail proved to be another success, despite being in a brand new location! I couldn’t have asked for better weather, more cooperative legs, or a better time!