Saturday: McDowell Mountain Frenzy
This morning was the Aravaipa Running McDowell Mountain Frenzy 5 mile trail race. This was organized by the same group I volunteered for last month. You can read that one here. But this time, I punched my ticket to run.
The options were: 5 Mile, 10 Mile, 25 K, 50 K and 50 Mile. Uh yea, sign me up for the 5 mile. And thanks for extending it from the usual 5k to 5 miles, that actually turned out to be about 5.3 miles. That last mile over the mountain was AWESOME.
In fact, the first mile and half or so felt mostly great. I had a hard time controlling my breathing. I am not really sure why. But the first half or so passed by with little ill effects. Then there was a water stop. A HARD climb up, the photo op (thanks NICK for the warning that the photo was coming) and then some flat. Unfortunately, I had looked at the elevation profile BEFORE the race and knew that right after mile 4 came the BIG climb.
But the climb wasn’t really as bad as it seemed. Except that the top 3 10 milers passed me going UP the mountain. I did everything I could to get out of their way. And then there was a fun downhill, up one more little ridge and on to the finish.
Thanks again to Nick and Jamil for putting on a great event. It was well organized, went off on time and the trails were VERY marked well. If I could follow them, most anyone could. Follow the blue signs and the black and orange polka dot ribbons. No trouble at all.
Yes, Jamil, I shook my fists at you. But I would never hurt you. Or curse you. Not out loud anyway.
This one took more out of me than I was expecting. Although with only 3 trail runs under my belt since we have been in Phoenix, what could I expect really? I will definitely punch my ticket for another short trail race. And I would love to volunteer next year and see some of the 50K and 50 mile runners later in the day.