This past weekend, Lindsay, Ada the Dog, and I had a great adventure at the Wild Woman Trail Marathon! Our team was called Run Fun Done on the Go.
What is the Wild Woman Trail Marathon? Essentially, it’s a rogue race. The race director lives on a farm in Trout Lake, WA, and she invites 225 women to join her in the summer for a trail marathon. The race can be run as a marathon, or can be run as a 2- 3- or 4-person relay. It’s a chill, home-grown, no frills, but very welcoming race. The weekend is packed with fun things besides the race as well. I’m going to just go through the schedule of events for this recap.
Schedule of Events:
Pot Luck, Friday Evening 5pm-8pm: Race weekend started with a potluck, which was pretty fun. Lindsay and I gathered a variety of food, and sat in the shade while Ada the Dog ran around and stuck her nose on the potluck table. (Sorry, fellow-potluckers, I am embarrassed about that). After the potluck, Lindsay and I chatted with a few ladies for a bit, and played some games on a picnic blanket with Mount Adams in the background.
Camping, Friday Night: The race director invited race participants to camp in her field on both Friday and Saturday night. I was super disappointed when I learned that there is a burn ban in place, so we could not have a campfire. I realized that I needed to think of it as sleeping-in-a-tent rather than camping. The view from our “campsite” was pretty incredible.
Pre-race Yoga, Saturday Morning: I couldn’t get my act together, and missed pre-race yoga, but I thought it was worth mentioning that there was pre-race yoga. I’m sure it would have been relaxing and fun if I had been awake enough to participate.
Pre-race Announcements, Saturday Morning: The race was scheduled to begin at 7am, and at around that time, we all gathered together for some announcements. I learned some very important things: On the course, I was to watch for orange & white ribbons on my right hand side, to let me know that I’m going the right way. If the course is going to get confusing, I’d see a yellow flag to alert me of the upcoming change.
The Race Start, Saturday Morning: I loved the unofficial start of the race! It was essentially a “Ready, Set, Go!” and then the group took off! Lindsay was on her way!
The Exchange, Saturday Morning: Lindsay ran the first two legs of the race, and I ran the second two legs of the race. After Lindsay took off, I took a little time to get myself race-ready, read a little, and then drove out to the Mount Adams Horse Camp to wait for Lindsay to come in at exchange #2. I loved how things went as runners came into the exchange. There was a crowd of women and dogs waiting for their runners to come through. Because it’s a rather small race, runners didn’t come through in mass amounts, instead there would be one runner, then a few minute wait, then another runner. Every time we saw a runner come in, we started cheering for them. It was really fun, because the runners were cheered on individually.
The Race, Saturday Morning/Afternoon: Lindsay came into the exchange, I gave her Ada the Dog, and off I went, running down the trail. I was running this as a training run, not trying to go fast, and just trying to have fun. I’d say that I succeeded. I’ve never run a trail race before, so this was a new experience. All-in-all, it was a lot of soft ground, trees, some babbling brooks, and a lot more sun/heat than I anticipated. Everyone I encountered on the trail was friendly and kind. I also was surprised that I never saw anyone running up hills…except for me. Keep in mind, I was running the second half of the race, so I was nowhere near the competitive runners. Because I was running this as a training run, I wanted to push myself on the hills rather than running efficiently (with consistent effort) throughout the run. However, it was super fun to see how very true running at consistent effort is the best way to run! I’d pass the ladies on the hills, and then they’d pass me on the flats. Over and over and over. There was one woman in particular, a nice lady in a sparkle skirt, with whom I played this pass-and-be-passed game through the entire race. On one particularly steep hill, I ran up (as is typical for me), huffing and puffing, and in pain. When I got to the top, I was super exhausted! I saw a tree stump on the side of the trail, and I sat down! Guys, I sat down for a rest during a race!!! I ate some Shot Blocks, drank some Nuun, caught my breath, and watched the Sparkle Skirt woman pass me once again. I didn’t catch up to her for a looooong time! It was really cool to see in real life just how efficient running with consistent effort is! Anyway, my normal aches and pains acted up, but nothing super out-of-the-ordinary. Eventually (nearly 3 hours later), I was at the finish line! Ada the Dog and Lindsay were waiting for me! I was also surprised when I received a cool home-made medal. I love it!
Post-race, Saturday Afternoon: The first thing I wanted to do was ice bathe, so I climbed into a trough with cold water, and soaked my legs, with gorgeous Mt. Adams behind me! I then ate lunch, had a snow cone, chatted with Lindsay and new friends, and had another soak. It was a great, relaxed way to end the race! We then headed home!
All-in-all, I was very happy that I did this race! It was such a relaxed, friendly vibe! I’ll write a review of the race at a later date. I have another trail relay this weekend, when I’ll be running Ragnar Trail Tahoe with Nuun!
Are you a trail racing fan? A relay fan? A camping fan?