Monday, December 5, 2011

Pine Mountain 40 Mile Trail Race

This race is best described straight from the GUTS Pine Mountain 40 race website:

It is a 40 mile ultra marathon on the beautiful Pine Mountain Trail system of FDR State Park in Pine Mountain, Georgia. This GUTS event will test your endurance and your ankles over rocky single-track trails. The trail follows the ridge line, going up and over it for the duration. Depending on water levels, the few water crossings could be dry or ankle deep. You'll experience both pine & hardwood forests, rock outcroppings, waterfalls, and beaver ponds.

Trey and I decided that we would do this race together this year and it would be his longest trail run EVER. We drove down the the night before and stayed in Lagrange, GA which is about 20 minutes away from the park and race start.

Temperatures were much warmer than we had anticipated and we quickly ditched extra layers just before the start. It didn't take long at all to warm up and before we knew it... we were actually hot. We thoroughly enjoyed the terrain minus the miles of tornado damaged areas. The trail was in great shape, but the leaves on the trail did make things interesting a few times.

We held up nicely up until about the half way point. Things fell apart there, but we pressed on and managed to finish up with a time of 8:27 putting us at 30th and 31st overall. Placing me as 7th female. I am super proud of my hubby Trey for finishing his longest trail race EVER!!!

Sometimes it's all about finishing with a smile on your face.