Saturday, November 3, 2007

Maui, part 1.....xterra trail run- race report

this kid does hill repeats between nap and snack time....

last weekend i went to maui, hi to watch james kill it in the xterra world championships. we arrived on friday and went for a quick jog in the neighborhood of kihei where we were staying.
we quickly scoped out a bunch of local coffee shops and fish taco spots. it was nice to get outside since i'd been holed up all week in san diego from the wildfires.
here's a pit stop on the run.....pretty much says, "welcome to maui, biatch!"
after the run, we headed to the race site at the maui prince hotel.
as we headed down to the race site, i got the race bug and decided to sign up for the xterra maui makena beach 10k trail run. the run follows the exact run course of the full xterra and is actually 11k of serious climbs, beach running, lava rocks and coral....not your PR type of cruiser- the overall winner finished in 46+ minutes. the xterra trail run series is actually just starting to pick up speed and next year they have regional and national points series and a world championships in 2008. i had never really thought about trail running competitively, but given my recent hip stress fracture, running on surfaces that are more forgiving than concrete would be pretty good for me and i thought i'd check it out.
so here's on earth did that race packet get in my hand?!?

i was stoked for the race, but given my broken arm and just having gotten the ok to "jog" the week prior, i told myself i'd take it easy, especially in tricky spots like downhills and rocky stuff. so we picked up the race packets, headed for an early dinner at jawz fish tacos (they have one serious salsa bar- corn salsas, melon salsas, all of it), hit the jacuzzi with a glass of wine, checked out the perfect sunset and made it an early night.

race day
saturday i got up early and headed to the race site in time to get in a good 15 minute warm-up. since the whole thing was last minute and i really wanted to take it easy, i was completely mellow and didn't even think about the run until the gun went off. once the race started, it was on. as much as i try to hold back, i get this thing in my head where i just go. my plan after the start was to open it up for the first mile that was on pavement. i figured this was the "safest" part of the run and a surface i was used to. i started out in a pack near the front but not all the way up. i was keeping a good pace behind 3 guys and feeling great. all of a sudden, i was flat out on my face on the pavement. I RAN OVER A FREAKING ORANGE CONE AND FACE PLANTED. during this minute or so of shock, i assessed the damage- arm didn't feel good, and knees were really scraped up and bloody. during this time, 2 women and a bunch of men passed me. i decided to keep going. damage was done, right? but, i was slower and more cautious than had the accident not happened. i just wanted to make it to the end. the whole thing slowed me down a lot and i felt sort of traumatized the rest of the race realizing that my arm was not perfect and it was a dumb move to race before it was healed...i can't say i wasn't warned.. but of course this all happens on the most innocuous part of the course, not even some gnarly trails....ASPHALT. CONE. EMBARRASSINGLY HILARIOUS...IS IT REALLY POSSIBLE TO BE THIS ACCIDENT PRONE?
so the race goes on. after the asphalt debaucle, the course gets legitimate and i spent the next 2 miles climbing up a mountain, then hit some sections of lava rocks, 2 brutal beaches, the "spooky" forest and over some coral and past a golf course for the final stretch.
glad to be finished:

these are the results:

finishing time: 54:26
21/172 overall
6th female overall
1st in age group (20-29).. i got to go up on a real podium for the first time ever! and i got 2 lbs of kona coffee (score!) and some gift certificates to a local cafe...

i learned some things at this race:

1) don't race until you are healed. racing semi injured is dumb. listen to other people...they may know your limits better than you do.

2) even if i say i'm going to take it easy to everyone else and to myself before a race, i will not take it easy. i do not have this ability.

3) i have only run a handfull of times since march. no trails, no hills, no long runs over an hour. i still did pretty well by winning my age group after a bad fall and setback of at least a minute or two...if i train, i think i can do a lot better. i just need to train smart

4) i need to get serious about planning 2008: as i try to plan out next year, i want to do a combination of triathlons, stand alone road running races to get some base times (i've only run one 10k and one 15k. i have no times at any other distance) and now maybe see how i can do at an xterra trail running series...i really need to focus my goals to narrow things down to a doable amount of races and really prioritize...


jameson said...

yeah... you pretty much killed it! I could use some more Jawz fish tacos... and an extra side of fish.

Paul said...

OMG you are so accident prone!!! :D You gotta work on that.. almost as bad as me. :P

Congrats on your win! Woot! 2 lbs of Kona coffee is a sweet score. When I go to Hawaii, I always come back with a duffel full of coffee..

Rest up and stay healthy :)

Benson said...

Holy effing sheet! I can't believe you did that! A race, a crash, and a PODIUM! You are friken awesome.
I really hope your arm is OK and your knees heal up quickly.
Now, enjoy some of that Kona coffee and BE CAREFUL DAMNIT!

Rachel said...

Jeez. You fell and still podiumed! Take it easy, Beth! You ARE accident prone. Take care of your arm!

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