W. CAITLIN SMITH

DOULA, PILATES, YOGA, DANCE, ART, TRAIL RUNNING

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Watch Out Boys

When I was in first grade I recall playing football during recess. Screw the monkey bars, I wanted to run, throw, and maybe overall just try to impress (or better put conquer) the boys. This probably lasted two weeks and then I realized my weak arms couldn't throw and the boys often refused to pass to the slowest runner. I went back to jump roping and hand clapping Miss Sue. I still deeply wanted to prove that I could be just as strong as those boys. Twenty-three years later on July 3rd at PCTR's Pacifica 50k I got to beat the boys. I showed up at the race planning to use it as a long training run. I started off at a pleasant pace and to my surprise I came through the 21k mark at 1:48 (just 3 minutes slower than my 21k PR on that course). My body felt extremely rhythmic and I was in my element. The climbs were hardly the effort of Mt. Washington, which was just two weeks prior. My body was happy and I was happy to be enduring my favorite distance in a beautiful place. Around 30K I started to wonder if I could take down the men's course record, but then thought "don't get greedy Caitlin." I went on enjoying myself. I was smiling with the exception of the second climb up Montara when my water bottle sunk to empty. Ok maybe I had a slight smirk even then. I came cruising into the finish in 4:27! 2 minutes faster than the men's course record! I enjoyed a post race beer, hot dog, and a huge smile when I found out I was 42 minutes in front of the next guy. I am not trying to break any egos, but I do like when women can kick a man's bootie... just saying... now who wants to go throw around a football? Screw that who wants to hit the trails?!

8 comments:

Bryon Powell said...

Cailtin, you rock! Can't wait to see what you and Martin run at GT-TRR next month!

Bryon Powell said...

Caitlin, you rock, too! ;-)

Robin said...

Congrats! You have an incredible attitude and that keeps me coming back to read your blog! Way to go!

Drs. Cynthia and David said...

Way to go! Chick 'em baby! I love that. :)

How's your new home?

Cynthia

Golden Trails Dave said...

BOOM! Awesome job!

Lloyd said...

After you do this, and Diana Finkle's performance at Hardrock... look out boys indeed.

Sunshine Girl said...

Love it. It was inevitable.

GZ said...

Yeah - I was going to mention the Finkle performance too. Need to tip the cap to the pioneer here to the woman who really rewrote that book on women beating men: Ms. Trason.