After San Francisco, I headed up to Seattle where I could stay at my friend’s place in Bellevue and work from the US. A week of work, exploring around in Seattle, meeting old friends and watching Ready Player One, it was time to go home, except I had a race to run. My friends who ran with me in San Francisco were joining here as well so it would prove to be quite exciting.
- What? Deception Pass Half Marathon
- When? April 14th, 2018
- How far? 21.1 kilometers
- Where? Deception Pass, WA, United States
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No specific training apart from running races. I might have overdone on the race part. One thing is for sure, I am not improving my ability to run faster by running races this close to each other but on the other hand, my medal count is increasing steadily.
I was running this race with my two friends who ran the San Francisco Half Marathon with me so we decided to repeat the success of our pre-race meals. Clif bars and ready-made sandwiches. Because this race was so far away from Seattle where we slept, we had to get up two hours before just to drive there and we ate in the car to prepare.
I booked this race thinking that it was a trail run but probably just somewhat flat. It wasn’t. This was a proper trail run, which I and my friends had never done before so we were challenged early on.
The beginning of the run was on narrow trails and I quite enjoyed running on trails although it required so much more concentration than a road race as you’re constantly scanning the terrain for safe places to place your foot. About 5k in there was a massive climb where I had to walk instead of run. This took the momentum out a bit but we simply had to climb at some point to get up to the bridge of Deception Pass. The bridge was the only road portion of the race and the views were amazing.
We ran through the forest, skipping of fallen trees and reached the first refreshment station. This is where it really struck me how different trail runs are. Due to the extra amount of energy used and just the difficulty of it, people were standing and eating food at the refreshment station. This is compared to a road race where people are trying to run and drink out of a cup at the same time. The choices at the refreshment station were also amazing. Chips, candy, energy gels, cookies, fruit… However you preferred your energy, it was there.
We continued on through the forest and hit a stretch which was quite muddy and hit my speed a lot. Not that I was that fast, to begin with. The route circled back to the same refreshment station before going out to the coast and following that for a while. Here there was more climbing to be done but the resulting views were definitely worth it.
We came back over the bridge and into the finish where a barbecue was waiting for us.
After stretching and eating all the food we could spot we agreed that this was really tough and that we were going to regret it the day after. Luckily I didn’t have to drive back but my friend had to and I could not imagine how tiring that must have been. Quick shower and then to the airport for a long haul flight back to Denmark.
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