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!
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?