Last Saturday though I had been feeling pretty good for a couple of days and decided that I wanted to check out the course of my next race. I have signed up for the 15 mile option of the Holcomb Valley Trail Run located in Big Bear California. My Brother and I met up at the trailhead and started our run at about 7:30 am. A couple miles into the run the course merges with the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) for a bit. We stopped for a water break and talked to a couple from Germany who were doing the 2650 mile thru-hike of the PCT. Doing the thru hike of the PCT is on my bucket list so it is always fun talking to these hikers and finding out where they are from and why they are hiking. After we chatted for a couple minutes we continued on our way.
This was the first time I ever pre ran a race course and it was very beneficial. Some of the things I learned:
1. Air is thin in the mountains and I feel like a fish out of water gasping for air.
2. Do not wear ankle socks because the sand and dust got in my shoes and socks.
3. Course has some technical rocky sections and I almost fell a couple times.
4. I hope the course is well marked because I took a couple of wrong turns.
Do you like to preview a race course before or would you rather have the course surprise you?
There is one hill that I think I would have rather of not known about on this course. lol.