My husband and I are running our first trail race in 3 weeks. It will be at the beautiful Enchanted Rock State Park, an hour away from home. We’ve been training since early summer but we wanted to train at least once at the site. There is nothing exactly like that terrain here in town. We wanted to visualize the course, check out parking, map the distance from the hotel to the park, etc. The weather was a PERFECT 45 degrees!! And look at that beautiful blue sky.
The race course takes us around the base of Big Dome (once for my 10k, three times for my husband’s 25K), then up to the top for the finish! We are so glad we did this. I was picturing a fairly flat, easy course until the climb at the end. Well it’s anything but flat! There are hills, brush, water, gravel, cactus, and rocks along the way.
If I hadn’t been running as much as I have been, I would’ve been really intimidated. But it was a GREAT run! We ran around the base – about 5 miles – but we didn’t have time to run up to the top so that will be new territory for us on race day. The ground was tricky to maneuver in spots – I tripped over a rock and fell forward, but luckily didn’t go all the way down!
All of the natural obstacles made for an interesting run.
I am so excited for the big day!