Today was my first trail race back since the sprained ankle this summer. I ran the Pt. Defiance 15K (the past 3 years I've always run the 30K so this was a step down). All in, the race was terrifying, exhausting, beautiful, and awesome.
I placed 1st female in the 15K at 1:23 (an average of 8:20 per mile), and 6th overall. And yes, that was AWESOME.
The race started with a packed group of runners - more than I've ever seen for this race - but no-one wanted to step up to the starting line. I stood ~10ft away from the start at the get go, and wound up being first off the line.
In the forest, especially on the downhill left turn portions, I inwardly freaked with anxiety about my ankle turning again. Towards the end I came to almost a complete standstill with ropes guiding me down the hill and roots and steep slopes jutting down.
At the end, I saw Matty and was happy. Happy to be back on trails, happy to have placed, and happy to see my awesome hub at the finish cheering me on.