Race Report: Dizzy Goat 6 Hour Run
On June 22, 2013 I ran in the Dizzy Goat 3, 6, and 12 hour trail race. I signed up for the 6 hour.
I arrived at Schramm State Park around noon for my 1:00 p.m. start. Cade was already there volunteering. He was out there for 12 hours volunteering, what a trooper!
I set up my chair in a shady spot and started getting myself together. I put my shoes on, lubed up to prevent chafing, ate a few pre-race snacks, filled my amphipod hand held water bottle, and meandered over to check in. At check in I was given a pink bracelet for the first lap. There was a short pre-race briefing and we were on our way.
The Dizzy Goat was a series of 3.25 mile loops. Odd numbered loops were clockwise and even numbered loops were counter clockwise. The pink bracelet was to remind me to follow pink flags for the odd laps. I was given a green bracelet to wear for every odd lap. Nice touch, GOATZ.
I took off jogging easily with the other 6 hour starters. My shoe came untied so I stopped and then was pretty much alone in the back. That’s ok, that’s where I usually am.
Cade was positioned about 1/2 mile from the start/finish where the runners split left for odd loops and right for even loops. He gave me a quick “yahoo!” and off I trotted into the woods.
Lap One- I LOVE TRAIL RUNNING!
I hadn’t run trails at all this year prior to the race. Lap one reminded me how much love trail running. I love the trees,the undulating terrain, jumping over logs, skipping down hills, walking up hills. I got to the end of the lap, switched out my bracelet, and ate some tasty treats at the aid station. I think I had a pickle and some potato chips.
Lap Two- Huh, this seems mostly downhill…
There was one huge hill that we went up on the green laps. It is lovingly referred to as “what the hill??” I saw people walking down it backwards several times throughout the day. It is really steep! This lap I was looking for landmarks- bridge 1, bridge 2, suspension bridge, water stop, tall grass… I felt good. This lap was easy. It seemed mostly downhill.
Lap 3- Where did all of this uphill come from?!?
Lap three was challenging. I could remember landmarks, but it just seemed to take forever. My feet were starting to get a bit stiff. I walked a lot.
Lap – Ugh…why am I doing this? I’m melting!!
It was hot. Really hot. I ditched my shirt at some point. I started putting ice in my bra at every opportunity. And in my hat. I started drinking Sprite at the aid station for the extra calories. I sat for a bit and ate gummy bears and goldfish. I definitely liked the green loops more than the pink loops. I was happy to have more downhill and for some reason the loops seemed shorter.
Lap 5- This is pretty awesome!
I really was enjoying the concept of the race. Even though I’m not super speedy, I was never alone. There were always people coming and going from each direction. I said and heard “good job” more that day than any other day for sure. By lap 5 I knew the landmarks of the course and could look forward to the next one coming and it seemed to go by quickly.
Lap 6- almost done!
I knew that if I pushed it I could get in 7 laps… but I decided I was plenty happy with 6. I took my time and enjoyed the last lap. I kept filling my bra with ice to stay cool. I jumped over the last log, went down the final hill to where Cade was stationed and ran down the finish chute. I got cheers from the GOATz as I came in and collected my medal.
I completed 6 laps or 19.5 miles. Not too shabby!
After I cooled down a bit and changed into dry clothes I ate some pizza and drank some beer- the perfect post race delight.
I loved this race. It was well organized. The volunteers rocked. The aid station was well stocked. The water stop was well placed on the course and had plenty of ice.
I will definitely do this one again!
My chair station:
Looking from my chair towards the aid station:
My Super Cool Dizzy Goat medal: