Paramount Ranch Trail Half on December 19, 2015, was my second lifetime trail half and 17th half for 2015.
The morning began in the dark with some lights to guide the way to bib pick-up. It was 29 degrees!
The race began on an old movie set of a western town. So cool! It looked kinda creepy in the dark but cool!
I picked up my bib in the barn where everyone gathered later for a bit of warmth.
We had real restrooms at the start!
I was bundled at the start but didn’t take my gloves with me! I didn’t think it’d be so cold!
We had gear check on the platform of one of the buildings.
Race director, Keira, gave us race briefings.
And we were off!
We headed out of the town to our first uphill and loop. The course was one small loop and then a bigger loop back to the town. Do that twice for the half, 3 times for the 30k and 4 times for the full!
The views were gorgeous! Paramount Ranch is the only working movie set on National Park Service land. It was purchased by Paramount Pictures in 1927 for use as a movie ranch with 2,700 acres of land.
After the small loop, we passed the parking lot (yes, I ran right by my car!) and ran the second loop.
My friend, Heather, was in charge of the aid station there! It was great to see a familiar face!
I saw so many friends before, during and after the race. It’s always the best part about running races!
My favorite treat at the aid stations was this snowman cookie! Yum!
We crossed a little stream!
I could see runners finishing this loop on the lower part of the trail. It was cool to see other runners below or above you.
The course was very well marked with flags, ribbons, arrows and signs.
I loved the hand floured NOs on the course! The course had many turns so we had to pay attention.
Steps on the trail!
I was so cold at the start and the first loop, it took the entire loop to get warmed up. I was supposed to run the 30k but I went into it doubtful. When I signed up for the race, I didn’t read carefully and didn’t know it was a loop course. So when I learned the 30k was 3 loops, I wasn’t sure I wanted to do 3 loops.
I spent most of the second loop trying to figure out whether or not to do a third loop.
On my second loop, I told my fellow Coyote, Tawny, who was volunteering that I might just do 2 loops. She said to listen to my body and it’d be okay.
Horsies on the trail!
And a lamb on the trail, too! Haha. I was so surprised to see her and had to do a double-take.
I probably should’ve done the 30k but my mind wasn’t into it. I wasn’t mentally prepared for 3 loops. It’d been a long, tiring week at work. Now that I know the course, maybe I can be more prepared for the 30k next year.
Finish line! I did have a great time running in my INKnBURN holiday gear and my Santa in a chimney headband! Tee hee! One of the aid stations named me Most Festive Runner! It was great to see other runners dressed up, too!
These gals were dressed this way for the full! The full! So impressive! They came in 2nd and 3rd overall!
The medal was so amazing and we got a ceramic ornament, too! Love!!!
After the race, I checked out the town some more.
I chatted with friends and we debriefed our races. We ate and just relaxed. It was really nice. I was proud to run another half, lifetime half #104. Another time will come to run a 30k.
I would definitely run this race again. I would be better prepared for cold weather and the loop course. I hope to be more fit by this time next year, too. I felt weighed down from holiday parties. Sigh. It’s a constant battle and especially tough during the holidays. I have no self-control!!!
So with guns blazing, I will conquer this race next year!
All in all, I had a really great time! I liked the course a lot and afterward, I checked my Strava and I had logged 1,292 feet of elevation gain. Not bad! It was a new race for me, new trails and now I have race to aim for for next year!
Your path, your pace, Tam