Saturday I ran the Sierra Trail Half Marathon by Granite Bay. Although I have run some “trail” races before this was the first one that put me to the test. The other trail races were on dirt/sand paths but fairly flat. The Sierra Trail’s grueling 13.1 miles course was something else entirely – lots of steep inclines, running up rocky paths and 15% grade hills. Even the downhills weren’t cause for celebration because they were so steep and rocky in some places it was safer to walk.
On the plus side, it was an extremely beautiful course with great views of Folsom Lake. Since it was a small race (97 finishers), there were times when it was just me and nature. The volunteers were super nice, fluid stations almost every other mile and a hot meal at the end (chicken, pasta and salad).
Although I don’t think trail races are for me, I’m glad I finished. And now I have more respect for trail runners 🙂