Back in 2012 I ran the Medoc Trail Marathon and I loved it so much. The hilarious and awesome race directors have kept me on their email list and this was the year for me to do a repeat. And best of all, Ron signed up for the 10 miler! I was so excited that he was coming with me to experience first hand how much fun this race really is.
We actually signed up for their 1st annual Twilight 5k and went up to Hollister, NC on Friday night. It’s only 1.5 hour drive from Clayton straight up I95. The race started at 6:00 and didn’t end up getting dark until just as we were finishing the 5k. We had our headlamps with us but we didn’t really need them on the trail.
Here Ron is rocking his Twilight 5k shirt and his 10 miler medal. You can’t really tell in this shot but the shirt has hints of purple in it. The ladies version has a V-neck and is a little longer in the back. So unbelievably AWESOME!
After the 5k we dined under the shelter on some delicious spaghetti, salad, and desserts. We were both really hungry and went back for seconds. By the time dinner was over it was very dark so we drove over to the group camp area and set up our “camp.” We camped in our van! Our van has stow and go seating and we’ve always wanted to see if we could camp in it.
Our queen sized air mattress was just a little bit too wide but it seemed to work okay when we tested it. We were wrong. We ended up rolling towards the middle and Ron and I were literally human hotdogs! It was very cold. Somewhere around 40 degrees. I slept in my Hinson hoodie with the hood up to stay warm. Below is a shot of our van and me in modeling my hoodie once we got home.
The bad part was we had gone to bed around 8:00pm and didn’t get up until around 7:00 am Saturday morning. We rolled around and slept cuddled up on and off for 11 straight hours! Just when we’d get warm and cozy, I’d get a hot flash (boo menopause) and then I’d have to pull away and kick off all our covers. It was a VERY long night. I think we slept more than we realized though because neither of us were tired at all. That was a good thing!
The marathon and the 10 miler were so fun! I didn’t remember how technical this race really is. You cannot take your eyes off the trail. It is filled with Roots, Rocks, and Hills. Notice the words on the hat we got for “doing the double.” (the 5k and the race the next day) We also got the cute shot glass. Medoc swag is the very best!
The marathon is a 3 loop course. I completed the 1st loop in 1 hour and 54 minutes. The second loop took me 2 hours and 14 minutes. The 3rd loop took me 2 hours and 12 minutes. That brought me in at 6:20! (18 minutes faster than back in 2012 woot woot!)
Check out this image of the elevation I found on Google images:
I ran most of the 1st loop with Carley from Coral Springs. She’s 15 years old and is totally amazing. This was her 2nd Medoc and last year she earned the record for the youngest to complete Medoc! She’s a triathlete and is on her school’s cross country team. Her mom and brother ran the 10 miler today and her dad ran the marathon. I loved listening to all her stories and her cheerful attitude. She was faster than me and she ended up pulling away and I didn’t see her again until the middle of the 3rd loop.
I ran with Heather at the end of the 2nd loop and almost all of the 3rd loop. She remembered me from 2012. This was her 5th Medoc! When I came upon Heather I had been alone for a while and I was getting so discouraged. Heather cheered me up and gave me the inspiration to keep going. She told me about how this verse from Hebrews came to here this week just when she needed it. Little did Heather know that I needed to hear this so much today!
I had a goal of 6 hours and after that 2nd loop I knew that I wasn’t going to make it. I was getting so sad. Well after I ran with Heather for a while I was a new woman. Each mile marker I would see I was like Party On! I was so enthusiastic.
Before long we hooked back up with Carley. Heather knew Carley from last year. All 3 of us were doing so amazingly well on our last loop! Here’s a picture of Heather and me at the finish.
Then, right near the very end, I ran into Jordan. Jordan is my friend that I met when I volunteered at City of Oaks. We see each other every now and then at races and fun runs around Raleigh. Jordan had fallen 2 times and was having a rough time finishing. Well, I decided to run it in with her and was so happy to be able to offer support to my good friend. Here we are at the finish.
Ron and I loved Medoc so much. Check out the marathon shirt and the finishers surprise.
I adore the shirt. It is a V-neck too and has that longer back to it like biking shirts. LOVE LOVE LOVE. The finisher’s surprise this year was a zippered pull-over. LOVE!
Here’s the amazing medal. It is the best ever! I love the bridge on the back and the beautiful fall colors.
I guess I should give you a few more running details before signing out. I chose to run without my Garmin or my Fuel Belt. With all the trees in Medoc, we were warned that our Garmin might not be very accurate. I remembered from 2012 how much my fuel belt bothered me so this time I didn’t even try to wear it. 3 weeks ago at Hinson, I drank a cup of water or Gatorade every 1.5 miles. So this time, I drank one cup of water AND one cup of Gatorade at each aid station. The stations were approx. 3.2 miles apart. It worked out great and I never got thirsty. I ate 3 Honey Stingers. One on each loop. I also had 2 cookies and a few M&Ms and one cup of Pepsi. I think I fueled the best in the race of any race I’ve ever run.
Don’t be afraid of the roots, rocks, and hills. Give Medoc a try. I promise you will not be disappointed!