A couple weeks back I took part in my first trail race since getting injured at the San Diego 100 last June. I was a little apprehensive going in. I didn’t know if I had rebuilt myself enough to take on the distance or if my injury was fully under control. For those reasons I chose a small, local race as my first one back. The Grizzly Peak 50K put on by Coastal Trail Runs.
The course is pretty straight forward, consisting of two loops. Your race distance determined which loops and how many of them you were doing. Since I was in the 50K, I got to run the pink loop (~13mi) twice and the yellow loop (~6mi) once.
The trails are mostly fire roads with some single track here and there. There are a couple rocky sections but nothing that I would describe as technical. That said, I did eat dirt… twice.
We were blessed with moderate temps and cloud cover for the race so I opted to run with my UltrAspire Ultra 550 handheld water bottle. I never ran out of fluids between the three aid stations and didn’t even bother stopping at the middle aid station half the time I passed it.
I had a great time out on the course. The volunteers were helpful and friendly and Coastal puts on a barbecue at the finish. It was my first time participating in one of their races and I would definitely do another one. My only goal was to use this as a supported training run and I met that goal. I finished in 6:12 for 9th overall and 4th in my age group (Strava activity).