I ran my second trail race today – the Coldwater Rumble at Estrella Regional Park in Goodyear, AZ. Yesterday it was sunny and 77, today is was forecast to only be 57. A huge temperature change!! But, luckily when I left it was 57 and it ‘warmed’ up to about 60 on the run so the cool weather didn’t hit as forecasted.
The sunrise was spectacular! Absolutely stunning!
Estrella is a good drive from my house, about 45 minutes. There was a short wait to pay at the entrance station, but no big deal. Super easy to park. There were real bathrooms so that line was a little longer than the port-a-potty, but so worth it. Then had a few minutes to kill under the heat lamp. A man there was talking about the tough hills and elevation gain. I guess I wasn’t paying attention when I signed up, but there are lots of hills with an elevation gain of about 1,000 feet.
No gonna lie, this race felt all up hill, until the last mile or so. The downhills were into washes and steep so they didn’t seem like a break. But I feel like I had a strong race. I was strong on the uphill, not as great on the downhill.
The race was pretty crowded beginning and end. The loops joined together and many distances joined up. Then longer distances were running the opposite direction too. But I didn’t mind that. See others kept me motivated. It looked like it was going to rain, but held off until after I was done. This was a fun race and I’d do it again!