I found the Toys for Tots 4-miler--a cross country trail run put on by the West Texas Running Club. Along with a minimal registration fee, they were asking for a Toys for Tots donation. My daughter helped me pick out a toy for this. Since this was a Toys for Tots run, there were some Marines there dressed in their blues. They were awesome as they cheered on tired runners.
|Trail Run! This grassy field was the smoothest terrain we ran on.|
The weather was ideal winter running weather, aside from the wind. Overcast, 50's, and even a slight mist. There were a couple hills though...steep hills. How they found hills in West Texas blows my mind, but there they were. I'm not accustomed to running hills as I live in the utter flattness of Eastern New Mexico, but at least they were good for blocking the wind. Still, ouch! I ran and I ran and I ran. I was sporting my trail shoes, which are much heavier than my racing flats. My hamstrings burned. My glutes burned. And my heart was light as I listened to Christmas music. It felt great to open up and let loose on the trails! I passed the finish line with a time of 37:48. This was fast enough to earn Second Place in my age group!