|Colleen and me high-10ing right after I crossed the finish line. Photo courtesy MCRRC.|
…and my first Low-Key Montgomery County Road Runners Club race!
Last week, at the encouragement of my friend Colleen, I signed back up for the Montgomery County Road Runners Club. It’s been a couple of years since I was a member, but something about the encouragement from Colleen, just completing the Ragnar Trail Relay, and a major pending race announcement I’ve been keeping from you guys had me feeling like it was a no-brainer.
The first race I would run was the Cross Country On the Farm 5k. Colleen warned me that it wouldn’t be rocky and rooty like the Ragnar Trail, but that there would likely be a lot of grass running. I’m not a huge fan of running in the grass, despite playing in grass volleyball tournaments every so often, plus my years of playing softball; however, I was very happy to not have to run on rocks and roots!
Race day had a decent drizzle, but it wasn’t really rainy, and the temperature was actually perfect for a run. Because of the wet weather, there was a fair bit of mud, which was not ideal. I’ve been extra clumsy lately, which does not pair well with water and mud. The race had some rolling hills, but it wasn’t a very technical run. Nonetheless, my clumsiness persisted. Needless to say, I’m still rehabbing a pretty badly rolled ankle from Sunday (it’s probably really a sprain, but I rebuke it!).
Although this was called a Low Key Race, there were plenty of volunteers, and the course was well marked. There was a pre-race warmup stretch, plenty of coffee, water, and food at the start/finish line, and everything was very well-run and organized. I felt like my membership paid for itself in just the first race!
Watch this video to relive the course!
I’m going to take a few weeks off from racing so that I can work on strength and flexibility while resting my ankle when I can, but I’m feeling like I’m finally enjoying running races again! I’m really falling in love with trail running, which just has such endless possibilities. I can’t wait to see what running has in store for me over the next year. Who knows? Maybe I’ll end up running in the cold weather after all!
Are you a member of your local Road Runners Club? Have you ever run a trail race? How do you feel like running in the cold and/or the rain? Share your responses in the comments!