Hell on Hills

In August, I’ll be running in a 8.6 mile race called Race the Train. My husband happened to be volunteering for a swim not far from where this race will be, so I jumped at the chance to do a practice run of the course.

Hooooooo boy, is this one going to be tough.

This is what I get for all my hubris about “hills don’t bother me much.”

Basically, the first two miles are uphill at a steep incline. Like 12 percent or something crazy like that. It was a 493 foot gain in elevation. Plus they are on a dirt road that was recently washed out by the torrential rain they’ve had up here, making the footing a little uncertain. Smack in the middle of mile 3 there was a stream going through the road that wasn’t supposed to be there.

Around mile 3.5, I was wishing someone could shoot me.

Then there were the bugs that swarmed despite my bug repellant. And at mile 4, I had to poop in the woods, something not on my life’s bucket list. Good thing there was not a soul in sight.

So, not my best effort. Except I can say I know exactly what I’m getting into when I run the actual race.

Note to self: bring toilet paper on secluded runs, use more bug spray and get some trail running shoes.

View from our room at the lodge

Surprise obstacle course

Road erosion

Some kids getting ready to whitewater raft the Hudson


6 thoughts on “Hell on Hills

  1. This is one of those times when you remember when you couldn’t have done it at all. GO YOU!! Good lessons to learn, and at least you learned them in “private” and not in front of all the other racers and a crowd. 😀

  2. It won’t be as buggy in Aug. if that’s any consolation. It looks like a very challenging course. But I believe you’re gonna do better than even you expect-remember your last marathon? And you blew your numbers way out of your expectations.
    What’s the difference between trail running shoes and the type you’re using now? There’s got to be more to this than simply the soles of the shoe.

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