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EX2 Adventures Backyard Burn Trail Race + Hiking!

Posted Mar 11 2013 10:38am

I had such a wonderful day yesterday – all of it was spent on trails! We had GORGEOUS weather this weekend here in DC – I’m hoping that spring has sprung because winter? I’m totally over you. Sorry.

My Sunday began bright and early (actually… dark and super early thanks to Spring Forward) with a trail race!

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I’ve been hearing great things about the Backyard Burn trail race series for awhile now. From their website:

The tenth annual Spring Backyard Burn is a series of 5 and 10 mile trail running races held on some of the best trail networks in the Northern Virginia Area. All the courses include a mixture of forested fire roads, twisty hiking trails, several stream crossings, grassy fields, and minimal pavement.

Sounded good to me! I gathered a few buddies (my college friends Kathleen and Sarah and my running buddy Karen) and we signed up for yesterday’s trail race (the 5 mile option) taking place at Wakefield Park in Annandale, VA.

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It was FREEZING when we arrived but once the sun came out to play it turned into a lovely day. At 9 a.m., we lined up and got ready to go! It was fun to do such a small, low key race – I’m used to enormous DC races now!

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And we’re off! The race itself was awesome – since it was on a trail, we had to pay a lot of attention to our feet so we didn’t trip on a root or rock, so the time seriously FLEW by. I could hardly believe it every time my watch beeped another mile because I was so distracted by not falling (and by chatting with the girls)!

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There were a couple stream crossings:

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And a lot of beautiful scenery.

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The girls and I stuck together and chatted for nearly the entire way, not worrying about pace and just having fun with it. I really love trail races and runs – I need to do more of them!

Before we knew it, we were done! We’d gotten an email the day before that the 5 mile option was really closer to 5.5 – according to my watch, it ended up being about 5.6 miles. Nice!

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Trail race success. :) Our average pace was about 9:45 minute miles – about as fast as we could have gone without biting the dust on the winding and rocky trail!

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Thanks for the fun morning, ladies! We need to do another trail run together ASAP. :)

When I arrived home, Matt said that one of his buddies had invited us out on a hike. More trails? Don’t mind if I do! I had a quick lunch, pounded a latte, and out we went. We all met up at Fountainhead Regional Park in Fairfax, VA.

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If I didn’t know better, I’d say that sky was Carolina blue. ;)

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Matt and I had never been out to Fountainhead Park before so it was fun to explore a new area. It was really pretty – definitely one to return to again!

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My hiking companions:

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Me and Matt (I’m rocking my new shirt from the trail race!):

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We ended up hiking about 6 miles. The weather was so nice we didn’t want to stop! And yes, I was totally exhausted last night after such an active day. :)

How did you enjoy the great outdoors this weekend?

EX2 Adventures Backyard Burn Trail Race + Hiking! originally appeared on fANNEtastic food on March 11, 2013.

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