Arriving to a start line healthy and ready to race is always a gift, but to race a trail marathon on my birthday was really the icing on the cake! As the USATF Trail Marathon National Championships, the course was absolutely worthy—rocky and technical with 3500’ of elevation gain, finish times reflected the challenge. I was thrilled to walk (hobble) away with 2nd female master and 11th overall. Every step was part of the adventure, and the views were breathtaking. Add this to your bucket list!