So I set out this weekend to earn Half Fanatic status by completing my second half marathon in a 7 day period. I could probably have qualified based on halfs run in the past year, but I liked this challenge of two in a week period and the challenge that both of them were trail halfs.
This was a brand new course this year by EX2 Adventures at Fountainhead Regional Park. I have run at Fountainhead a lot including a previous half so I figured that I knew what was in store for me. The race director had a great challenge set up for us. "Both the half marathon and 10K are out and back courses that start with a short .5 mile road section at Fountainhead Regional Park before heading north along the Bull-Run Occoquan Trail (Blue Trail). The course will extend to Bull Run Marina for the Half Marathon. The northbound direction of the run will feature several fun single and double-track side trails and the southbound direction will be entirely on the Blue Trail, which parallels the Occoquan Reservoir." I had never run the entire section out to Bull Run Marina and did not realize that it is just non-stop rolling hills.
|Headed out at the start|
We hit the trail after the little 0.5 mile loop on the road. Then we started to hit climbs.
|The first of many and early on so I was still "running" hills.|
The humidity was pretty bad in the woods as well which was unexpected. Luckily this race was great and had aid every ~2 miles so we could stay hydrated easily. The trail was gorgeous, and I was really enjoying the run living up to the Brooks Run Happy slogan on my shirt.
|Bull Run Marina|
|Can I be on the cover of Trail Runner?|
|Just bury me here if I can't make it to the finish|
|Dora and I in the chute|
Next up is Run With Dad 5K on Father's Day. Training for Drake Well Marathon is going well. I did an 18 miler today which was all sorts of crazy due to the weather (7 miles on treadmill and then 11 laps around the neighborhood because I didn't want to risk getting caught too far from the house in a violent storm). Also tried out the Honey Stinger Chocolate Waffle as mid-run fuel and liked it a lot. It seemed to sit well and also made me feel like I had eaten some real food which is what I seem to crave late in a long run.