I couldn’t wait for the OC Chili Trail Run Series to start this year. I only caught the very last race in 2011 and it left me wanting more trail running. The first two uphill miles felt a little bit easier than last year (kind of makes all those hill repeats, sprints and resisted runs I’ve been doing at Hit the Mark Fitness Boot Camp worth it). On those uphill battles I noticed a guy wearing knee high tiger striped socks up ahead of me. Everyone knows I appreciate snazzy running attire, so I decided to try and keep “Tiger Stripes Guy” in my sights. He was able to stay about 10 feet ahead of me the entire way up the mountain. But, when we got to mile three, I passed him on the down.
Miles 4 and 5 are on undulating single track through the trees and I could feel “Tiger Stripes Guy” right behind me the entire time (look at the picture again – you can see his legs in the upper right corner). As we emerged onto the road for the last 1/2 mile of the race, I looked back to see him about 20 ft behind me. As we came down the straightaway to the finish line I heard him creeping up behind me. I pushed and pushed, giving it every last drop of energy I had left in the tank, but I watched those tiger striped legs pass me right before the finish line. Boo.
After the race he came up to me and said “You have no idea how motivating a girl in a sparkly skirt can be”. To which I gave my usual response. “No one likes getting beat by a girl in a sparkly skirt”.
Finish Time (5 miles) : 40:08
Overall Finish: 25th
Age Group Finish: 2nd