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Trail Race Pack

by Meghann on April 11, 2009

What a race!!!

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We ran, we climbed, we walked, we fell, we got dirty, but most of all we completed our 15 15.4 mile (don’t get me started) Trail race together. It was one of my best racing experiences and I could not have asked for a better group of girls to share it with. Kelly, Abbie & Caitlin you all seriously ROCK!

Staying in a hotel room close to the race site was one of the best decisions we could have made. When the alarm when off at 5:30 we all got up as a unit and engaged in our pre race rituals of eating and pottying.

I had a small Plain Bagel with my sample packet of Barney Butter, an Apple and one of Abbie’s ‘Doughnut Holes’

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Nothing is better then a bagel nut butter & apple before a big race. :)

We arrived at the race site about 10 minute before the start. It was a very casual race with only 250 runners. Caitlin, My Sister and myself were planning on running the 15 miles while Abbie was going to be a bad ass and show us up with the the 50k.

We were warned ahead of time that the entire 15 mile trail run only had 3 water stops, so we made sure to stay well hydrated with our very hip camelbaks.

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All I have to say is Thank God for the Camelbak! Mine ran out at mile 13 and not having it for the last couple of miles made me very thankful that I had it for the previous 13.

We all gathered at the start area and were off into the woods. I had not trained at all in any trail terrain so I was very nervous, especially when the first mile had us running through dirt. I kept going What the hell was I thinking?

It was a single person trail and the four of us girls created a pack. We stayed in a group the entire run, goofing off and encouraging each other along the way. We made friends with fellow runners as they joined us in the pack. I love the casual atmosphere of the trail run, no one was trying to PR and ran at a very steady, easy going pace.

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I felt good the first half of the race and really found my own groove in the trees. My breakfast was actually doing a really good job of keeping my belly full, but around mile 7.5 I knew I needed some fuel. I had 3 of the Margarita Shot Bloks to keep me going.

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I have heard different opinions about this flavor, but I have to say I really enjoyed it!

Around mile 10 we began to cheer for Kelly as every step she made was a new PDR. As we cheered, a group ahead of us began to cheer as well, we then got to talking and found out they were from Boston and had all became friends in their own TnT experiences. It was a great group that was running the 50 k and a couple were even going all the way with 50 miles. We chatted for a while and one even managed to take a photo of Abbie, Caitlin and Myself along the trail.

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When he took the photo he joked we ‘were ruining his time.Again, love how casual this race is!

Once we passed mile 13.1 I began to set my own PDR and it felt great. I felt that I was going to make it and even started to tell Abbie how great I felt. It was so nice to have her there. She is such an experienced runner, so it was great to have her encouragement along the way.

Near the beginning of the run we were told the race was actually more like 16 miles instead of 15. We tried to shrug it off, but once we hit 15 miles and there was no finish line I think a lot of us got discouraged and hit a wall. This is actually about the time where I fell… twice. Urghh…

Finally we saw the elusive camera man and he told us we only had 100 meters left. This is where I picked up my pace and let out a big Hooorah. Even though I was tired, dirty and stinky my goal was to finish strong.

Final Stats:

TIme: 2:56:03

Distance: 15.4 miles

Avg Pace: 11:26

Avg HR: 160

Total Calories Burned: 1515

In the end I really enjoyed my first trail run. It was one of the greatest racing experiences I have ever had. I wasn’t setting a PR or just focusing on my own race. I was part of a group and these ladies made those 15.4 miles seem like nothing. It was also wonderful to be able to talk to other runners and hear their stories as well.

And can I just give some major props to my Little Sister, Kelly!

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I can’t believe just a month ago she was being air lifted to the nearest trauma center and today she was able to successfully run and complete 15.4 miles. She was getting discouraged during her training as some injuries were becoming evident after the accident, but she was able to push through and I could not be prouder of her! Way to go Kelly!

So after the race I was definitately a little dirty and hungry.

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You should have seen the black was cloth when I was done in the shower!

In the car on the way back I had a Honest Foods Almond Trail Mix Bar.

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I will do a full review of these bars next week, as well as some other surprised, but I have to say this was very good and perfect for some post race refueling.

After some much needed showers, Caitlin, Kelly and I headed to Cracker Barrel to enjoy the pancakes we had been dreaming of.

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I started with a Biscuit and Strawberry Jelly.

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I also ordered the Momma’s Special.

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I had 2 Pancakes, Egg Beaters & Turkey Sausage.

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I thought I would give you a peak into how I eat. I stacked all the elements together and ate the all together covered in Sugar Free Syrup. SOOO GOODD!!!!

THen for an after breakfast/ lunch treat I had a Watermelon Stick.

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Now I am safe and sound in Tampa about to enjoy my Saturday. Have a great weekend everyone!!

{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

1 angiismyname April 11, 2009 at 1:14 pm

go kelly!

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2 Holly April 11, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Congrats on the trail race!

Just wondering- why do you choose egg beaters over regular whole eggs?

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3 Mica April 11, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Yay, that sounds like such a fun (and hardcore) race! Thanks for the recap, Meghann!

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4 runeatrepeat April 11, 2009 at 1:20 pm

Amazing Job!!! Running on trails is soooo hard! You did great :) I think it’s great that you had that group of girls to run with, it’s not easy to find 1 running buddy – let alone 3!

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5 Sarah April 11, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Sounds like you guys had the best time! I am so glad you stayed together and just chatted/cheered each other on. That is going to be so much more memorable than you official stats, you know?

Happy Easter Megs!

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6 Amelia April 11, 2009 at 1:27 pm

What a fun race! Trail racing is hardcore and you guys did a great job! Glad it sounds like you had a good time! :)

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7 Marissa April 11, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Sounds like a great race!

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8 Marissa April 11, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Sounds like a great race!

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9 TorontoGirloutWest April 11, 2009 at 1:40 pm

LOL OMG! The whole clean feet but dirty everything picture just killed me!

Congrats!!! It sounds like you had an awesome time! :)

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10 Melissa April 11, 2009 at 1:51 pm

GO MEGHANN and kelly and abbie and caitlyn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love the margarita shots!

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11 Jane April 11, 2009 at 1:56 pm

yay congrats!! way to go with the PD :)

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12 Michelle April 11, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Congrats on the great race and your new distance record!!

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13 lizzy April 11, 2009 at 2:12 pm

CONGRATS on 15.4 miles!!! that’s intense on a trail! i LOVE clif shot blocks! your breakfast after looks like the PERFECT re-fuel!!! hope u have a great weekend!

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14 snackface April 11, 2009 at 2:37 pm

CONGRATS!! That is an incredible race! Major props to the new distance record, too. It is so cute that you all got to stay together the whole time. I can’t believe how dirty you all got! Mmmm I’d need major pancakes after that, too! Enjoy the rest of your day :)

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15 sweetandnatural April 11, 2009 at 2:41 pm

CONGRATS CONGRATS CONGRATS!!! You ladies are awesome. And way to go Kelly!

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16 wholefoodswholeme April 11, 2009 at 2:47 pm

huge congrats meghann!!!! you girls are simply incredible. what a fantastic experience!!

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17 Sarah April 11, 2009 at 2:47 pm

congrats on the race, awesome job and cute pics! i love the camelpak pic.

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18 Allison April 11, 2009 at 2:50 pm

CONGRATS!!!! That is so awesome, and I’m so glad you girls had so much fun! Nice job on the PDR for you and your sister!!!!!

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19 *Andrea* April 11, 2009 at 2:53 pm

congrats!!!!!!!!!! you did so great. all yur hard work pays off. i didn’t know you had a tatoo either.. very cute!

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20 Nicole April 11, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Congratulations!!! You all did so fabulously!

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21 Shelby April 11, 2009 at 3:23 pm

GREAT JOB!!!!

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22 Lynne April 11, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Congrats! Your race reports are very inspirational, and I hope one day I can achieve something like this.

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23 Bec April 11, 2009 at 3:35 pm

Sounds like a great race, and you guys had a blast too while running it!

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24 VeggieGirl April 11, 2009 at 3:36 pm

YOU GUYS ARE PHENOMENAL!!

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25 Katie April 11, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Great job, you guys!! I’m so beyond impressed. The picture of the CamelBaks kills me–Cailtin looks so much like another sister!

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26 iowagirleats April 11, 2009 at 3:45 pm

Congratulations – what an accomplishment!! I can’t even imagine… Must have been great to do that with your sister and friends :)

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27 Erica April 11, 2009 at 3:51 pm

WOW! That is so incredible! Great job! I cannot believe the calorie burn- out of this world! Enjoy the rest of your Easter weekend!!

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28 Yasmin April 11, 2009 at 3:57 pm

Congrats on a fantastic race and I love the cracker barrel! Their biscuits are to die for! And the hashbrown casserole :)

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29 emily April 11, 2009 at 4:10 pm

I said something similar to Caitlin, but seriously you guys are amazing! Reading your posts is so inspiring, I haven’t been able to run so much this year but your blogs are giving me so much encouragement to get running again.

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30 ksgoodeats April 11, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Congrats to all four of you!! So inspirational! WAY TO GO KELLY!!!

Haha I love how you mashed everything together at CB :)

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31 Kristi @ Sweet Cheeks April 11, 2009 at 5:34 pm

Fantastic job!!!! Kelly, too!!! You guys really made a huge accomplishment today…I’m proud of ya’ll :D

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32 runsarah April 11, 2009 at 5:47 pm

Congrats to you guys on an awesome race!! Definitely inspiring for me…I need to try a road race some day!

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33 rhodeygirltests April 11, 2009 at 6:28 pm

congrats to both you and kelly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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34 cleanveggiex3 April 11, 2009 at 7:01 pm

congrats on your race!!! your fabulous!
have a nice and relaxing day :)

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35 RuntoFinish April 11, 2009 at 7:02 pm

i love everyone’s race reports! congrats on a fantastic day.

boy cracker barrel, I used to work there in college. Very clean place, but the memories prevent me from eating there. :)

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36 Meg April 11, 2009 at 7:21 pm

You all should be SO proud of yourselves! Way to go!

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37 Sharon April 11, 2009 at 7:40 pm

Oh my gosh, that is awesome!!!!!

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38 Courtney April 11, 2009 at 7:42 pm

YOU ARE SUCH AN INSPIRATION! I love your blog, I read it like crack. Thank you!

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39 Chris April 11, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Congratulations…you girls are amazing. Kelly is an inspiration…one tough chica!

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40 Sally April 11, 2009 at 8:43 pm

Wow, nice job on the race! That is so cool that you can run 15 miles straight! I can probably only run three AT the most lol. Keep up the awesome work!

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41 Niki April 11, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Congrats!! What a fun race!

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42 Amy C. April 11, 2009 at 10:09 pm

Congrats! You did awesome. Yay for Kelly too! :D She’s totally inspirational.

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43 biz319 April 11, 2009 at 10:13 pm

I am so proud of you all, but have to give special props to your sister!! Way to go Kelly!

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44 Alison April 11, 2009 at 11:04 pm

Congrats on the race! I bet that biscuit from Cracker Barrel was unbelievable.

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45 broccolihut April 12, 2009 at 12:16 am

Cracker Barrel! I go there just for their fabulous bran muffins!

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46 Ashley C. April 12, 2009 at 1:04 am

Wow Meghann, you seriously are such an inspiration- it’s always something new with you :-D That looks so fun & sounds so cool that everyone was so relaxed. Congrats & have a great rest of the holiday weekend!

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47 Brooke April 12, 2009 at 2:12 am

I am so amazed! 15 miles on the road is tough enough, but on a trail like that? Wow!
Hope you are feeling ok today!
Also, you might have mentioned this, but did you follow a particular training plan?

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48 Elina April 12, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Wow, sounds like a great experience. I really like the idea of just running with your closest friends and enjoying yourself instead of pushing to PR. Awesome! :D

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49 Andrea (Off Her Cork) April 13, 2009 at 8:23 am

Congrats guys! And racing as a pack, fabbo idea! :D

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50 lauren (athlEAT) April 13, 2009 at 8:56 am

congrats on a great race!!! loved the recap…

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51 Lauren April 13, 2009 at 1:44 pm

WOW! what a race, that looked like ya’ll had a blast :)

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52 Marianne April 14, 2009 at 9:07 pm

Congrats on the race :) It sounds like it was lots of fun, great scenery & company.

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53 Ali G. August 22, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I just found your blog through Carrots N Cake and was reading your posts about running.
I’m one of the people from Boston that ran with you and your friends as part of the train run at Croom!! So funny that we still talk about you girls when you told our friend Dave that he had motivating calf muscles :) We’ll be back at Croom again this year hopefully!

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