As I began to warmup I tested my blood sugar one more time and was still very happy with the result. A ten minute warmup mile would have me sweating and ready for the race. About a quarter of a mile in to my warmup run I noticed that the wide trail at the start got very narrow and a little rocky. Until last night I had never run at this trail, I was expecting a trail that could handle a vehicle, I was wrong. I was in for a true trail race which I was very excited for!!
Just before the start my phone died so I would be running without music and would have no clue what my splits were. Things happen, I can't control everything. Without knowing splits I had to make sure that I ran a constant pace, if I started to fast I wouldn't have a watch telling me I was going to hard to early. As the gun sounded I found my groove and was feeling strong. Unfortunately the race had no mile markers, I was told that the 7.5 mile course would have 4 water stations. I figured when I got to the second water station I would be half way done with the race, I'm not a math major but I thought that was a good way to figure it out. The trails varied in width throughout the race, at one point I felt like I was in the television show Lost being chased by the smoke monster down a narrow path in the woods. At that moment I was very happy I didn't bring my headphones because I remembered why I love running. Running is taking in nature and enjoying the sounds and sights that are all around you. A smile would be on my face and I would start talking to the runners I was with, a true trail running experience.
I would finish the course in just under one hour and four minutes, not a great pace but one that I can live with. I'm just now starting to get back in to a routine and my body is feeling ok. I have been unable to stay hydrated for a couple weeks now and I think that took a lot out of me during the race. I downed about 60oz of water within thirty minutes of finishing. My blood sugar was at the lower end of my range so at the end of the day I had a great race. I may not have run to the best of my ability but I won the diabetes blood sugar battle and that means the world to me!!