I had forgotten how hilly, rocky and tough this race is! Who knew NJ trails could be so crazy technical?!
Around mile 7ish EVERYONE got lost. We came upon this section where 3 trails diverged but none were marked with the course flagging. No matter which trail you chose, you’d inevitably run into a group of runners retracing their steps back telling you to turn around because it wasn’t the right one. Here’s a picture of a perplexed group literally just standing there hoping for some divine intervention.
The course covered some seriously technical terrain that was beautiful and really tough. I had to remind myself to lift my eyes from the trail to admire the foliage and take a few pictures. Luckily I didn’t fall but I did have at least 5 or 6 major trips when I thought I was going to die. I did some amazing airplane wings and let out some rather loud and strange grunts/cries as a shot of adrenaline kicked through my ENTIRE body. I hate that feeling! “#@$% I’m falling! No! Yes! No! AHHHHHH! …. whoa.” I always have to take a moment to bring my breathing back down and calm my heart rate & nerves after that.
Anyways, here are some pictures on the course to give you an idea of the 50 kilometers of fun :-)
Ok, time to sit on the couch with my feet up and my muscle squeezing recovery compression tights on!