The trails are actually non-technical, which may be why they say it's beginner-friendly. But the course is hard since out of the 7.5 mile loops, 5.2 miles are uphill. Literally. The 5.2 miles of uphill are followed by a steep downhill, then a traverse and another steep hill. All in all, the effort you put into maintaining your pace on the uphills DO NOT pay off on the way down. So my suggestion is, that if you're good with uphills, but you'd like to get into trail running, this is the race to be at.
I had a goal in mind, which on these training runs, it tends to be pretty conservative... and I was wondering how I'd do with this stomachache. I tried to maintain a slow yet steady pace. I was still sticking to nutrition as always and I got to the end of the first loop with a few minutes to spare. I walked while drinking water and as soon as I was done I started my jog again.
|Roughly mile 6 of the loop. Gorgeous views.|
So, boo hoo for not running 31 miles, but I can never say running 16 miles was mediocre either. On to the next.