Race Recap: OC Chili Trail Run Series 2012 (Race 1)

by This is Carrie on March 22, 2012

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


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March 22, 2012 at 4:46 pm

You look positively joyous in that first picture! congrats on a hard run race!

Tasha @ Healthy Diva March 22, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Great race and you looked fabulous! I had a guy tell me that he never thought he would get beat by a girl in a pink sparkle skirt. I beat him by like 10 minutes in a HM. Ha. Jokes on him :-)

Kerrie T. March 22, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Nobody likes getting beaten by a guy in tiger-striped socks either! Shoot!

Dori March 23, 2012 at 6:15 am

You just motivated me to make a sparkly running skirt!

My race goals are simple: Finish. Don’t puke. :)

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March 23, 2012 at 7:51 am

nice race! i need to find more smaller races to do throughout the year like this.

Brandyce March 23, 2012 at 1:16 pm

You’re awesome Carrie; Congrats!!

KP March 23, 2012 at 2:45 pm

That was fun race story. I love how all eyes are on you as you are about to puke… I just wish you could have beat that guy. The fact that you passed him was genius though!

Tiffany March 28, 2012 at 5:08 am

You crack me up, awesome skirt and awesome comment to that guy :) – and how do you look so good running? I always look like I’m about ready to keel over lol – def. do not want pics taken of me while jogging.

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