Last month I ran my first trail race since I took up running in November and 4 years after I got diagnosed with CFS. It's been an interesting and very challenging journey and my only goal for the race was to finish it! I had chosen a trail race of 8.5km with very little elevation in Squamish and no cut off's, so even if I had to walk, I could make it around.
We took the early morning ferry over and it was absolutely pouring down with rain and I wasn't feeling very motivated to run anywhere but back to bed! As we got closer to Squamish, the rain calmed down and the sun was trying to peep out. There was hardly any traffic which was in my favour as I don't like cutting it close, and I knew we had a 2.5km walk from parking to the start line. We made it in plenty of time, and I got my bib number and we had time to cheer on the kids in their race and browse the various booths.
It was a first for Mike going to a race and not actually racing. I think he felt a bit out of sorts lol - at least he didn't have to wait around for 12+ (well hopefully not). It did give him a great opportunity to mingle and chat with some of the vendors there and get some contacts for our own race next month.
The course started on pavement and up a hill - have I told you I don't like running on pavement and I'm not a fan of uphills?? So this was not what I liked to start with. But as soon as I hit the trails, things got a lot easier. The marshals out on the course were just amazing and cheering us all on.
The course was 9km and despite walking all uphills and some flat parts, I still managed a great time for me. I really enjoyed the course and running with so many people was fun too. I love the trail running community and how supportive they are of everyone, no matter how fast or slow you run.
I think there was only one point where I felt; "Wow what did I sign up for! Where's the finish line!" But shortly after I got to an awesome downhill and things got a lot more fun! Mud and puddles make it all more fun especially for me when it's also downhill.
The official time was 1:16:58 and I finished 130 overall - not bad for this #slowtortoise🐢
Thank you to the race organizers and volunteers for making my first race fun and encouraging.
My recovery is probably slower than most other runners due to my CFS but I did feel pretty good afterwards. It was mostly achy muscles and a bit of pain in my one groin. I did a lot of foam rolling for my leg muscles and a nice warm bath with Epsom Salt and my favourite essential oil combo of Frankincense and Deep Blue helped wonders for my aches. And lots of rest afterwards to allow my body to recover. I have since done lots of walking and a few short runs and this weekend I will venture out on a longer run as I'm running a virtual race for M.E. (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis - also know as CFS) where the profit goes to Action for M.E.
In 2013 I was diagnosed with CFS after having symptoms for a year beforehand. It's been a long struggle and sometimes it still is.