Well, it’s been over 2 months since I ran this race, but it’s still fresh in my mind!
The night before, we stayed at the beautiful Von Trapp Lodge in Stowe. My parents had a room as well so that they could watch the kids while David and I ran. We had dinner at the Bierhall, and I had a delicious burger with a side of cucumber salad.
The weather that day was a bit warmer than usual for November, but thankfully the clouds kept it cooler. We split a cinnamon roll and a coffee and I honestly think it was the perfect pre-race breakfast.
I knew that the elevation of this race was no joke. The first 3/4 of a mile I was feeling good, listening to some Linkin Park. But before the 1 mile mark, we approached a steep hill that everyone around me was walking.
I also knew that this wasn’t the race to try and run the whole thing. I just told myself to walk the uphills and run on the downhills. My fastest mile was the 6th mile! I just took in the beautiful scenery, even if it was cloudy.
The last three miles were along the rail trail and while I walk/ran it, I still felt like I had the energy to sprint across the finish line.
My final time was 1:53; David finished about 15 minutes after me. My goal was to finish under 2 hours!
While I’m not eager to do that particular race again, I think the 10 mile is a great long distance for me. The company that puts this one on also has 10 milers in Portland, ME and Newport, RI. Hmmm…
And to end the post, the lovely view from our room at the Lodge, and the Von Trapp Lodge itself.
What’s your favorite distance to run?