October 2014 Medoc Trail Marathon
Medoc Trail Races are legendary and they didn’t disappoint. This was set to be my last long run before Richmond Marathon. One week too early but I thought I would be ok. I always feel really strong in subsequent runs so I thought this would be perfect; and it was.
The 8+ course around Medoc Mountain was really wet and pretty challenging with wet leaves, roots, sticks etc. I loved the course besides the wet parts that I had to walk through. I ran very cautiously not wanting to fall, break or twist anything. I did twist my ankle but was able to run it off once I got to dry land so those sections made it difficult.
On the last lap, 5+ hours in, I became dazed and confused. I was alone, passing landmarks I didn’t remember, thinking I had made a wrong turn. I became scared of being lost or eaten by Medoc Man and turned back. The first runner I encountered assured me I was going the right way and on I went to finish.
Best part was meeting twitter friend, @pstarlings IRL, and going to the nOg Okotberfest for beers and friends. Best long training run ever!