Last weekend my #runningwife and I drove down to Stillwater Oklahoma in the crazy dark hours of the morning to do the 25K race at Lake McMurtry. We left early as there was a chance of ice and snow on the trip and during the race but as it turned out we missed all that weather. At least one person didn’t though as their car was covered with frozen moisture.
The 25K started later than we thought as well so bottom line is we spent a fair amount of time sitting around waiting for the race to start. But at least we didn’t show up late? #silverlining
The race went off without a hitch really at the race level. The course was with only a single exception marked well. There was one place where if you didn’t remember how you got somewhere, on the way back you could get confused as there was a lady in front of us who did exactly that but we kept her on track.
It was a double ‘lollipop’ race with us going out about 6-7 miles on one route which was pretty flat for the most part then returning to the start point and going out on the other route for the remainder 15 miles the route. My Stryd measured right at 15.67 miles overall and we took a side trek for a pit stop when we got back after loop 1 which added that little bit extra so overall the course was spot on IMO. The week before on a Half on a certified street course my Stryd measured 13.1x so I’m fairly confident the McMurtry race folks had their course measured right down to the foot.
The second loop introduced a little more elevation change but nothing life altering. None of the route was technical to any degree and the trails were almost all single track dirt with a minimum of tripping hazards. If you’ve run the Snake Run aka Pink Trail at Turkey Mountain reserve in Tulsa then it’s about that like that. Easy route to set your brain on 50% and coast.
Each route had a very short section, 2 to 4 hundred yards of road surface, one gravel and one asphalt.
The weather was brisk for this year’s run “coldest we’ve ever had” as one of the race folks put it. But thanks to all the trees the wind wasn’t an issue and I can run in pretty cold weather as long as it’s not super windy.
The scenery wasn’t awe inspiring if you grew up in Oklahoma, the usual mixed trees and shrubs with some open grass fields. The route didn’t get to the lake as close as I would have thought, only a couple of places were we near the water and only a few could you see the lake.
Being it was so cold it seems like most of the folks who braved the weather were the more experience (i.e. good) runners which honestly has been my experience with Trail Running so far. At least in a street race I end up usually in the top 50%, occasionally in the top 25% in terms of finishing times. For trail runs I’m a back of the packer for sure of the crowds and races I’ve run finishing in the bottom 10% for all but the 3 Hour Snake run where I came in 3rd in my age group.
I believe trail running draws in dedicated runners, street running draws in a more casual crowd and as a result my #notarunner status shows up far more in trail running.
Overall we had a good time I believe on this run, I did anyway and I think if you’re a newer trail runner like myself and my #runningwife then this is certainly a good fit for you.