September was a busy running month for me. Two weeks after the Emerald Bay trail run I found myself doing this.
Last year I ran the Lake Tahoe Half Marathon, and this year I decided to do it all over again. This was my fourth half marathon. And while I didn’t do my personal best time, I improved my time greatly from last year, and I completed the race with much less difficulty than usual. So woohoo!
The race wasn’t complete without a piper to start it all off….
The first big challenge was the aptly named Hill From Hell. 500 foot elevation gain in 2 miles. UGH!
But another visit with the piper was enough to keep me going.
The scenery was lovely as always as well.
And the best part of all? When it was finally all over. 🙂
On September 14th I ran my first ever trail race. It was a lovely 7.5 miles around Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe. The race was quite challenging, but absolutely beautiful. And any race that offers free beer at the finish line is a great race in my books.
The early drive up to Tahoe was well worth the lack of sleep, as I got to enjoy the stunning sunrise.
The starting line remained elusive until the last few minutes before the race began. Many of us were wandering around the general area where we thought the race would probably begin when a truck pulled up, a man got out, and drew the official starting line on the road with a piece of chalk.
I had never seen Emerald Bay from lake level before, as the road that winds around it is several hundred feet above the shore. So this was a real treat.
When I wasn’t distracted by the beauty of the lake, I was enjoying the interesting rock formations, and the even more interesting rock art.
While I certainly didn’t finish first in the race, I didn’t come in last and I didn’t get lost or fall over. Success!
If you’ve ever, or never, considered taking up running, or you’re like me and never imagined you’d be a “runner,” but suddenly find yourself budgeting to get a second pair of running shoes so you can alternate between runs, this entertaining article will strike a chord….
The 26 Stages of Taking Up Running