Posted on April 7, 2018
Tar Springs 25k
Wet, brutal, steep, rainy, muddy, cloudy, cold, brutal, beautiful, green, fun, brutal, and kinda tough.
It was lightly drizzling in the half hour leading up to the start. I was ready for it and excited to run trails that are typically off limits due to private property. And I love running new trails. The run started off pretty nice. The hills were green and lined with fog. Wildflowers were popping up all over the place including lupine and columbine. But the hills were steep. I purposely avoided looking at my GPS until I thought I was around ten miles. When I finally did look, I was only at 6.8 miles. It was a crushing feeling.
At that point, I had to adapt my run or I was going to hit the wall. I slowed down a lot at that point and walked for a few miles except for the downhill. Even on the downhill, I took it easy. I think it was a good move that saved me from some dramatic suffering.
Overall, I felt really good. During the last 5k, it really started raining hard. It also was about that point that I reached another vertical hill that seemed to go on forever. Easy did it. When I reached the top, I flew down. The rain was falling harder, and it was absolutely beautiful. There was a long stretch that I had all to myself to enjoy the falling rain. (Yes, I’m sure there were some endorphins hitting me at that point too.)
I pushed hard on this one, and I feel good about it. At the end, I was saturated. I enjoyed one of the beers they were offering, but that was mostly because I wanted to be under their tent. After that, my temperature started dropping, and I had to get out of there.
Excellent run. If you ever get a chance to do it, do it.