“Poor Decisions Make for Better Stories”
Here is an old race report from last year.
The Coosa Back Country Trail is one of my favorite places to run in the North Georgia mountains, so when Sean told me he was planning the Coosa Trail Marathon I was excited !! The Coosa loop is roughly 12.9 miles and has over 3,500 feet of climbing, thus the marathon was 7,000+ feet of climbing. Hard to think of a better way to spend a Saturday, tough trails and good friends equal great times!!
The race started with the first light of the day and I was surrounded with the nervous, pre race energy of the runners. I had run the course many times before so I knew what I was in for, crazy tough uphills and wicked fast descents. I got of to a good start and was ahead of the main pack within 100 yards, just where I wanted to be for this race. By the time I hit the first big climb I was starting to feel a wee bit rough, my stomach was doing flip flops and not at all happy. I had my tried and true pre race meal of Chicken Nuggets, but I guess I over did it when I ate all 50 of them 😦 So half way up the climb to Coosa Bald my stomach reached it’s limit and I headed for the bushes. After a good cleansing of the system I was right as rain and had some serious pep in my step. I reached Wolfpen Gap at the 1 hour 30 minute mark, about 5 minutes off pace to set the course record. When I arrived at the start finish line I was at 2 hours and 13 minutes, 3 and a half minutes off Sean record of 2:09 and change.
And thus comes the conspiracy….. it seems a bit odd that McDonald’s would, out of the blue, bring back the 50 piece chicken nugget deal on the same weekend as the Coosa Marathon. So is it just coincidence that Sean would offer a $50 cash payout to anyone who could beat his time on the same weekend that McDonald’s had the 50 piece nugget special, knowing full well that I am a Chicken Nugget junkie. What would have happened if I had only eaten my usual 10 piece meal, would I be sporting a $50 smile right now…..know way to know for sure thanks to the Chicken Nugget Conspiracy of 2011 !!!
Anyway the race was pretty uneventful until the last 5 miles, where I had my chance meetings with a rattle snake and the hyper active dog. The rattle snake just scared the holy beejeezers out of me and the dog took me to the ground and made me bleed !!! I did my superman impersonation when the dog , still on his leash, darted across the trail in front of me. Turns out I need a lot more practice flying, because I crashed and burned, leaving me bloodied and bruised. I finished the race in 5 hours and 1 minute, 1 minute short of my goal of a sub 5 hour finish.
What a wicked fun race, full of great people and 1 great trail !!! Looking forward to running it again next year, and many more times before 🙂