June begins with a special nod to runners, everywhere, in the observation of National Running Day! If you are out on your run, today, make sure and give a wave to a fellow runner and wish them well. June has another running milestone coming up, for me, around the corner. It is my Trailiversary!
On June 11th of last year, I ran my very first trail at the Summer Solstice race with blogger buddies Patty, Sarah and Jenn. It was at that race where I fell instantly in love with the off-roads and rarely looked back to anything else since. So far, my trail running devotion had me complete 7 races, ranging from 3 miles to a whopping 10.5 miles. I have also logged in many more miles with a running group that myself and some trail-minded pals decided to start up during the fall and winter months. And lastly, I have lost a total of 15 pounds and have dropped 2 clothing sizes due to my love affair with trail running (woohoo)!
So who out there wants to start? If you do, I have listed out my off-road races that I have done along with detailed information, pictures I took, and a link to register if you would like to lace up your sneakers for the trails, as well!
Summer Solstice Trail Run, (June)
Here is where it all started. That’s me, huffing and puffing after my first trail incline. Even though there were challenges (you can clearly see it in my red face), I still wanted more! The link will give you the full Runit report and direct you to their site. This race is coming up on June 12th. If you want to do it, sign up now!
Where The Wild Things Run 5k Trail (October)
I took some time to venture on some trails and train a little before hitting my next race. A perfect time of year to go onto the off-roads and one of the highlights of this race was that I shaved about 10 minutes off my time from June!
XTERRA Northeast Trail Series 10K (March)
This was my very first 10K race. I was also surprised to see one of the Trail Blazers from the running group, here. It totally meant a lot when I came into the home stretch to hear Ray cheering me on. Thanks, buddy!
Finally Spring 5K Trail (April)
A trailtastic hometown (Manchester) race for me. It was also where I met up with some trail-loving peeps from another race club, Run169. I can’t wait to see these lovely ladies again in September at the Wolf Den Dash (howl)!
Traprock 17K Trail Race (April)
This was the mega trail race that I had prepped many months for. I had left some room for improvement, out on the course, but here I am talking a ridge-side selfie at mile 7, and I was still smiling!
Falcon 5 Mile Trail Race (May)
To date, this was my only out-of-state trail race, in Wilbraham MA. I hope to travel to other states and venture into their trails soon, but I don’t mind taking it slow. 😉
Soapstone Mountain Trail Series (May)
I loved the challenge that this race unleashed! I didn’t know much about the course and when I came to this moment, pictured below, I thought it was a dead end and we were supposed to turn around. Nope. A man called out from the top of the ridge and said, “come on up” and that was exactly what we did, straight up scramble to the top!
To complete my one-year Trailiversary, I will be heading down to Groton on Friday with my headlamp, to race along the Bluff Point Coastal Reserve, for the Twilight Trail Run. I have chosen the 7.2 mile race over the 3.6 mile one. A year ago, I would have considered myself crazy for taking on the higher mileage, but now I feel good with running the longer distances. Next week, the clock starts all over again, and I am ready for another year of ridge-side rondevues and dusty dates, with the trails. I also thought to share my up-and-coming race calendar I have, so far. See for yourself what all the hype is about and you, too, might be announcing your very own Trailiversary. Happy trails to you!
Twilight Trail Race (3.6M and 7.2M)
June 3rd in Groton, CT
Camp Jewell Trail 5K
June 18th in Colebrook, CT
Tri State Running 10K Trail Race
July 9th in Oxford, MA
Wolf Den Dash (4M and 8M)
September 25th in Pomfret, CT
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