My first trail race was last weekend’s Catalina Island Eco-Marathon 10k. Originally I was only going to be a spectator. My husband and son registered for the Eco-marathon, which promised 26.2 miles of tough hills (some at 15% grade), fire roads and single-track trails, potential buffalo sightings, hawks and eagles, and exquisite 360 degree views of the Pacific Ocean.
Catalina Island is about 20 miles off the southern coast of California and is unique and beautiful. Participating in a trail run, usually marathons or 50-milers, is one of the few ways to explore the terrain, which is mostly designated as coastal conservancy. I jumped at the chance to run the 10k race when I realized it was offered, not anticipating the difficulty to this seemingly innocuous distance. Read more >>