Sunday, September 20, 2009

Run for the Mountain Race Report

I stayed up a bit late on Friday night, hitting the pillow at about midnight. When my alarm went off at 7am I totally regretted it. I arrived at Westwood just prior to 8am and it was chilly as the sun had not yet come up enough to warm things up. I hung around and chatted for a bit and then did my warm up at about 8:20. The legs felt okay which was a good sign as they felt a bit rough over the last 2 days due to the 10km and then a hard workout mid week.

It was a good turn out for the race. I would say at least over 100 people (waiting for the confirmation as to how many exactly) though it could be more than that. The gun went and the start was fast. We had to go fast in order to get ahead of the crowd before the trail thinned out. I really won't go into too many details of the race, but for the first half I ran along side or close to both Mark and Phil. At about half way, Mark pulled away and I didn't go with him. I kept in mind the hill section was in the last 2km with one large hill in the last km. Phil surged and fell back a few times and then finally fell back with about 2km left. I hit the main hill and nearly died, but fought through it and the 20m sand pit near the end to finish just ahead of Phil and first woman overall.

In being first woman, I recieved a golden shoe. Yes a golden shoe as you can see below.

I also received a free pair of Saucony shoes (or will receive) and the title "Queen of Westwood." Simon won the King title, dethroning Shelby after he won it for the first 3 years. Rebecca was awarded Princess as the first 17 and under girl and Forest was awarded Prince as first 17 and under boy. Overall it was a good turnout for the event and a spectacular day weather wise.

I must add that Socket loves the golden shoe as well!

Race photos to come once they are uploaded online.

1 comment:

Molly said...

Congratulations on your win!!! That golden shoe is funny :)