The last race before the beginning of – drum roll please – marathon training!

Just a couple of months ago I had hiked this very trail in the Withlacoochee State Forest for the first time and instantly fell in love with it. When the opportunity arose to run here I jumped at the chance. Thus, I ended up with start number one…..

I had just started another round of physical therapy and with my lower back almost pain free I knew better than to run fast. This race was simply to go out and be with nature. And that’s exactly what I did.

That tiny tent to the left there? That’s the check-in / start and finish are all in one. Trail races are simple like that.

About a quarter of a mile after the start we turned to the right onto the A/B Connector trail, which is a pretty smooth and mostly flat single trail

The rising sun started to peek through the trees, quickly warming up the cool morning air.

This. Is. Beautiful.

Unfortunately, after only 2.5 miles it was already time to turn back. I kinda wanted to keep going……

……but now I had the sun in my back and the view of the illuminated trees was just lovely.

I stopped often and just stood there, listening to the birds chirping.

I arrived at the finish with just a bit of sweat and dirt around my ankles, and I had gathered a new layer of trail dust on my awesome Salomon Speedcross 3!

Lots to smile about! I had a great time out on the trail, wrapped up in Mother Nature’s arms.

And then……Protein donuts at the finish? Um yeah – I hope they don’t mind if I go back for seconds…..they were GOOD!

Since the weather was so inviting I rolled out my yoga mat in the grass to stretch. The sun was shining, the birds were singing……that’s heaven. In a nutshell.

Groundhog Events puts on several races in the Tampa Bay area throughout the year, check them out here.

I’m pretty sure I’ll be back for the 10 miler next year!

About Alex

Wife, runner, German native, beach bum, foodie, and wine lover. If you’re looking for info on how to run your next PR you’ve come to the wrong place. I’m not an expert on running or nutrition, and I won’t tell you what else you should or shouldn’t do. I'm fairly creative but notorious for starting fifty different projects and finishing (n)one. My blog is simply a collection of my personal experience in the crazy world of - running! Along the way I’ll also share what other random projects I’m currently into.

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