Sunday was a day of trying new things for me. I ran my first trail race and I wore my GoPro during my race with a chesty (that is really the name of the GoPro chest harness).
I had the opportunity to run the Rattlesnake Ramble, a Sasquatch Racing event, on Sunday at Lake Chabot in San Leandro. I was actually a little nervous – I haven’t done a lot of trail running. I also was’t sure I had the right running gear even though I’m a total running gear nerd. Lastly, I knew it was going to be raining this weekend and that always makes things weird… for me… because 1) I’m from the desert and 2) I don’t like my hair getting wet.
It was raining pretty hard when I woke up on Sunday morning but if there is one thing I hate it’s a DNS… so I was going to make it through this race even if I was cold, wet and muddy the entire time. The other thing was that the race started at 9:15am!!! It’s not very often that I can sleep until 7:00am on race day!!! If that is a part of trail running then I can get use to that!! (No Babe, we don’t have to wake up at 4:45 for this race. It’s trail run) My Fiancé might be in love!
I’m not going to lie it was raining hard when I got to the race and I was not looking forward to it at all. I don’t have wet weather gear and this was a new style of race for me but I was there and I was going to do it. The start line was a lot less formal than road races and that really put me at ease. Once the race started, I kind of forgot about all of the stuff that I was worried about. It was so nice being out in nature. I liked it so much that I didn’t even put in my headphones until mile 5. I’ve never run five miles by myself without headphones. I really enjoyed every min of this race even though it’s a lot harder then road races and now I know why trail runners are such bad A$$’s.
I can’t compare it to other trail races… yet… but Sasquatch Racing put on a great race that made this roadrunner want to add these in to my race schedule. Here are some notable reasons why I think they did an amazing job:
1. There was a city bib pick up as well as an East Bay option, making it easy for everyone
2. There were clear updates for the race, even when the weather got a little nutty and there had to be course adjustments.
3. The race started on time, the directions were clear and there was a comfortable feel at the start line
4. The corse was easy to follow and clearly marked, even for a person like me that zones out while running.
5. I did the half marathon but there was also a 10k and a 5K so it was great for all levels.
6. There was an awesome post race spread and I’m not talking bananas and water. There were M&M’s, Pretzels, Fruit, Mamma Chia Chia Squeeze, Hint water, and Beer!! Two per runner!!! If the weather hadn’t been so wet they would have had to kick me out of there!
Overall I was super impressed with this race and all involved. I think it is a fantastic race for all levels of runners and I can’t wait for the next race that Sasquatch offers!
Oh yeah, here is my first GoPro Video Fail!! Don’t watch if you get motion sickness.
I have an hour and 30 min of this!
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