Race Report: ITR Berkeley Trail Adventure 35k


Another weekend of long runs, and another Inside Trail race to kick them off! 

I realized too late I was a big fail in the picture department, so this will be a wordy post.  

I have been looking forward to this race for a long time.  I love running in Tilden park and it had been a while since I had been there.  The course took place on some great, challenging trails, and I was excited for the race atmosphere since a lot of my trail friends were out of town for the weekend.

After a later than usual night on Friday, I woke up at the now sleeping in hour of 6am, got ready and hit the road to Berkeley.  I actually forced myself to leave a little later than I usually do, because I am notoriously early for races and with these smaller races, it isn’t quite so necessary. 

I made it to the race with 40 minutes to go, picked up my bib, got my stuff ready, hit the bathrooms and headed to the start.  I have become friends with a lot of people who typically run these races, but this day I was looking around and didn’t really know anyone.  I had hoped to see speedy RoseRunner there, but wasn’t sure if she was going to make it or not.  Sure enough, a couple minutes until go time she tapped me on the shoulder.  I had a friend!

I made sure she listened to the announcements because she was nervous about getting lost, then it was time to start running.  She asked if she could hang with me for a couple miles and of course I said yes.  We ran along, climbing the hills of Tilden, enjoying conversation, and wondering if the first aid station was ever going to show up. 

Eventually, 9+ miles in, we were still running together and came upon an aid station where we stopped to get some fuel.  I had been eating shot bloks all along and taking a salt cap every hour, but there is nothing like the aid stations at trail races.  I wanted some real food!  I happily drank some coke and ate some boiled potatoes with salt – both my favorites – and convinced a hesitant RoseRunner to try them as well.  I didn’t fail her there!

We continued to run together and I was so happy to have company.  I told her to feel free and speed ahead if she wanted, but I was happy to have a friend for as long as she wanted to stick around.  Our conversation was great and I loved getting to know her better. 

My energy levels really started to tank in the later miles of this race.  I was hot and just not feeling it.  I was really grateful to have a friend there to distract me, because it had been a while since I felt that way.  We continued to push on, not really knowing how far we had left, but I kind of assumed it was going to be less than the 21.7 it was supposed to be.

I was happy when the finish came a little sooner than expected according to Garmin.  We weren’t aware until after we were done, but apparently we all missed a mile of the course due to some course marking vandalism, which also made us miss the real first aid station.  We still had over 20 miles for the day, and I was very happy with that number.  We crossed the finish line together, 11th and 12th overall and 5th and 6th women.

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20.2 miles/3:47:48/11:17 avg (moving time: 3:37:43/10:47 avg)     
Elevation Gain: 3,245’
Overall: 11/44
Female: 5/26
Age group: 3/8

We hung out for a bit after continuing our conversations, while both picking up age group medals in addition to yummy food.  I also made some new friends and we of course talked about races and training.  What else would runners talk about?

It was another great day on the trails and I was so happy to have a friend to run with the whole time.  The low energy days are to be expected when training, but they are still never really fun.  I went home to fuel up and get some rest for round two the next day. 

And of course, the tradition continues, and Kylie happily wore the medal around for a few hours.

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9 Responses to Race Report: ITR Berkeley Trail Adventure 35k

  1. Roserunner October 1, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    I’m always a camera fail. Can’t wait to read about your Sunday run…I’m still fairly sore from Saturday! Love it. Grow quads, grow. Thanks again for the company and for spreading the trail love

  2. Anna October 1, 2012 at 9:00 am #

    Congratulations! I just learned yesterday how great it is to have a friend around during races, it`s so much better and on top of that you get to share such a great experience with someone who is not only watching from the sidelines.
    I didn`t know there were races where they served boiled potatoes, that would be my kind of “snack”!
    You ran a great time and Kylie looks very cute too!

    • Aron October 2, 2012 at 9:44 am #

      Most trail races (at least the ones I have been to) serve boiled potatoes along with a bunch of other yummy snacks :) they are surprisingly easy to eat mid run!

  3. Marlene October 1, 2012 at 10:59 am #

    Congratulations on another great run! Glad you had some company out there on a day that you needed it.

    I must remember to pose Miles with my next medal. :)

  4. katie October 1, 2012 at 11:38 am #

    you’re a beast. what IT band???

  5. Cate October 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    Great job out there! That sucks that you missed an aid station :( That would bum me out big time
    I really need to go run in Tilden again!

  6. XLMIC October 2, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Such a great time, running in Tilden w/ RoseRunner :)

    Kind of bummed I didn’t get my butt out there for that half, but I’m so glad you had a nice run :)

  7. Holly October 5, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Yea for running races with friends!!! Glad y’all had a good race. I really need to get out there and run some trails with you – scenery envy for sure! Excited your training is going so well. :)


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