On Saturday morning I ran my first ever trail race! And man oh man was it fun! Pick Your Poison is the first race in the Ontario Ultra Series and is held at a cross-country ski club. The course is a technically moderate 12.5km loop that is a combination of single track trails, open trails and ski hills. There are several challenging hills on the course, but for every uphill that slows you down there is a downhill to make up the time on!
Now on to my race! I had never run a 12.5km race so this race for me was an instant PR! My step-dad ran the race last year and based on his time, I created my own goal. I wanted to finish under an hour and a half. I didn’t put too much pressure on myself while running because I wanted to enjoy myself! I tried my best to look around and enjoy the scenery of the race but I had to keep my eyes on the trail a lot to make sure I didn’t fall! My favourite section of the race was on the single track switch-backs where you get to wind your way through the forest. When I came around the last hill and could see the finish, my watch said 1:27 so I booked it down the hill to finish under 1:30. I did and have officially set a new PR!
This race was so much fun and I will definitely do it again next year! If you are looking for a new way to challenge yourself or want a change of scenery, then trail running is definitely for you! Find a nearby trail race and get off the roads!