This post is sponsored by Absopure. All opinions are my own.
This past weekend I ran The Legend half marathon and completed the Running Fit Serious Series!
This was my first time running The Legend and like all other Running Fit races I have participated in, this one did not disappoint.
The Legend takes place in Sleepy Hollow State Park just north of Lansing making it a bit of a drive for Chris and I. Luckily packet pick-up for all Running Fit races (at least the ones I have done) is always super quick which eliminates a big chunk of time I often factor into my pre-race schedule. The Running Fit races are also very organized and a ton of fun so if you haven’t run one yet, I highly recommend that you do.
Before the race started Chris and I lined up near the back of the pack as neither of us had really been training consistently. Runners were released in waves and we ended up being at the front of our wave so for a moment in time we felt like front of the pack elite runners. lol
Once we crossed the start line we went down the grassy hill, through the parking lot and into the campgrounds. Some of the campers were out and about so we got to have a bit of a “crowd” which is unusual for trail races. Once we left the campground we headed into the woods which were beautiful and refreshing!
My favorite thing about trail racing is being out in nature. I may live in the city but I am still a country girl at heart. Trail running makes my soul happy and I feel more alive on the trails than I do during road races. Don’t get me wrong, I do like road racing because I love running, but given a choice I would choose a trail race every time.
The trails for The Legend were mostly single track trails although most areas had plenty of space to pass if you wanted to. The trail was mostly in the woods although there were times that it went into field like areas. The field areas were not my favorite as it was a hot day and being unprotected from the sun made it feel extra hot.
Luckily there were plenty of aid stations on the course that had my favorite Absopure water to stay hydrated as well as ice, Gatorade and Gu. The volunteers at the aid stations were all incredible as always. They were nice enough to top off my water bottle with ice and Absopure so staying hydrated was never an issue for me.
Although I was excellently hydrated that didn’t change the fact that I hadn’t really been training for this race. My longest run before the race was 3 miles…..shame on me, I know. When will I ever learn?? Despite my lack of training I actually felt pretty good for the first 7 miles. I was on pace to finish around the 2 hour 30 minute mark which I was pretty happy with. Unfortunately the wheels started to fall off around mile 8 and by mile 10 I just wanted it to be over. At that point I had nothing left and it was just sheer determination pushing me to the finish line. Well determination and the fact that the only way I could be done was to keep going.
I ended up finishing in 2:43:18. Not my best time. But I finished, had fun and didn’t die which are always my main goals.
I also collected two medals and a mug. One medal for running The Legend and the other medal and mug for finishing the Serious Series. It was a good day!
Did you run a race this past weekend? I want to hear about it?
Didn’t race? Tell me what you did!