2014 Muddy Trails Bash 10k

On April 5, 2014 we ran the Muddy Trails Bash 10k in The Woodlands, TX.

Emily & Nick 2014 Muddy Trails Bash

Emily & Nick 2014 Muddy Trails Bash

This, of course, is our second year running this race; we really enjoyed the atmosphere last year, therefore we decided to run it again this year.  It is a trail run that takes you through the George Mitchell Nature Preserve with race options for the entire family.  There is a 1k for kids, a 2K-9 race with your dog, as well as a 5k and 10k.

The weather threatened to rain all day, but we weren’t going to let this stop us from having a good time.  We arrived in time to see the kids finishing the 1k race.  Next up was the 5k.  Our friend Kellie entered this race, and we were able to watch her start.  Then Nick and I lined up for the 10k, which started 20 minutes after the 5k.  While waiting to start the race, we saw a few 5k participants cross the finish line – the winner finishing in 17:35.  Then the horn sounded and we were off.  (We weren’t able to watch the 2K-9, as this took place during our 10k race).

Nick and I didn’t have plans to stay together for the race, but we did begin the race running next to one another.  After the first hill, Nick ran ahead into a pack of people and I was never able to catch back up with him.  My goal for the race was to beat last year’s time, which shouldn’t be too difficult since last year I finished in 1:25:10.

The weather was cool, approximately 67 degrees with a little wind, making the air a bit dry (only 47% humidity, which is very dry for Texas).  The course had twists and turns, with a few loop backs.  We hadn’t really ran since our half marathon on March 23, so my legs  were wanting to give up shortly after we started.  Finally, I convinced my body that I could would finish this race.  I allowed myself two one-minute walk breaks – the first was just before the three-mile mark and the second around the five-mile mark.  After that, I knew I had to run until the finish line.

Kellie was waiting for us and snapped a few pictures as we approached the finish line.  The post-race party includes boiled crawfish, pizza, beer and other refreshments, as well as live Zydeco music.  Due to the threat of bad weather, the turnout this year was low, but we still had a great time.

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Nick’s Official Time:  1:05:55                    Emily’s Official Time:  1:13:47

– 196 of 285 finishers                                  – 234 of 285 finishers

– 124 of 149 all males                                  – 101 of 136 all females

– 37 of 43 males aged 30-39                      – 45 of 63 females aged 30-39

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