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Monday, May 2, 2011

Catch Me If You Can Trail 10 miler ~ Race Report

This was the gorgeous setting of the second annual Catch Me If You Can Trail run held in Rocky Gap State Park on Saturday.  Knowing I had this view to look forward to made getting up on time easy.  After the normal race morning routine, I went over last minute instructions with Army Son who would be in charge of making sure that S'ghetti girl and LBM got to the soccer field on time.  With no doubt that he would handle everything I headed out the door for my drive to the state park.

Unlike last year's event (2010 Catch Me If You Can (CMIYC))I made it there with plenty of time to spare.  The morning was cool but I knew with a 9 a.m. start time the day would quickly warm up.  I wore my brand new One More Mile "I may not pass you but I will outlast you" shirt that I won from http://www.superfoodsuperfood.wordpress.com/ and my black running skirt.  I almost changed after picking up my race packet because this year's skirt was a two-tone yellow running skirt.  It would have went nicely with my shirt but I didn't want to risk a skirt malfunction during the race.
Photos from 2010 CMIYC no photos this year

The course was your choice of one (5 miler) or two laps (10 miler) around Lake Habeeb to benefit the Allegany County Habitat for Humanity.  With all the recent rain there was several areas of mud to deal with but that only added to the fun of the race. 

The ladies lined up and started 4 minutes before the men.  During my first lap I had trouble getting into a groove and finding an effort level that felt right.  In hindsight I feel I ran this first lap much too conservatively for only a 10 mile race.  Another runner, orange skirt girl, fell into running behind me, she chatted some.  She would pass me when I slowed to grab water at an aid station.  Since I knew she was only running the 5 miler I used her to help encourage me to push a bit harder throughout the last part of the first lap. 

The second lap I felt much better.  Those miles concreted for me that I am an endurance runner.  I no longer love running fast.  I would rather run all day long then run at puke pace for a 5k.  I did check my watch during the first lap but simply ran the second lap off of my effort only being aware of staying ahead of the female runners who might challenge me.  While I saw a male runner fall during each lap (at the same spot) the course was very runnable even with the roots, rocks and mud.

As I came up the final grade toward the finish line I could see the finish clock and saw my 1:30 wasn't going to be but I continued my sprint across the line knowing that I had run a strong race and feeling very confident that many of my goals had been meet.

CMIYC Trail 10 miler ~ 1:32

I successfully defended my Master's title again this year and came in as the fifth female setting a new distance and course PR by 2 minutes.  As always a successful day of racing can not be without the work of many wonderful people.  My thanks go to our RD, many volunteers, Kevin Spradlin for the awesome video, DNR, and all my fellow racers, everyone played a part in creating another wonderful racing experience.



  1. Fantastic race Shelley! Way to meet your goals!

  2. WTG!!! sounds like a very very nice race!
    I got a cute new skirt this weekend, too...and almost wore it for the race, but thought better of it.

  3. Congrats on defending your Master's title! Looks like a beautiful setting!

  4. You sweet thing! Looks like a great day of running! You were on my mind yesterday while running Eugene! Thanks for blogging...it makes a difference to us all!

  5. 1:32 is a kickass time for trails! I'm happy with that time on the flat road :)

    I'm doing a giveaway on my blog that you might be interested in (hydration tablets)


  6. hizzah for defending your title. you are a rockstar.

  7. way to go one defending your title! that's awesome! great job!!

  8. Congratulations on defending your title! It sounds like a beautiful race to run.

  9. ooooo very muddy!
    and no i cannot catch u. u r wayyyyyy too speedy for me, shelly.

    grat race! great race report.

  10. That is the perfect shirt for you! Congratulations on a strong race - the scenery looks incredible!

  11. Cute concept for a race - congrats on being the champion of the masters (that makes you sound pretty rocking, doesn't it?)!

  12. Way to go! Congratulations on your master's title and your record setting performance!