Yankee Springs/SKECHERS GOrun Ultra Review
Happy Friday! Hope everyone is excited for a rad weekend. I have a busy one as usual including getting the next couple months of programing from my personal trainer, checking out the new aquarium in Toronto, riding the course for my upcoming triathlon and of course, racing the RunWaterloo Classic. I am on #TeamDave and we have a strong lineup. It is looking like there will be some stiff competition!
Some of our team at our track session this week.
Today though, I wanted to give a review of a trail race that I ran last weekend in Michigan as a part of the Switchback Endurance Series called the Yankee Springs Trail Run. Although I was not able to participate in the full weekend, the race offered a three day challenge.
Friday June 6 – 10 KM
Saturday June 7 – Full Marathon or Double Marathon
Sunday June 8 – ½ Marathon
Held on the trails of Yankee Springs Conservation area, it has been some of the most beautiful trails I have run to date, which is why I keep going back to race there.
My last event was the off-road duathlon last November.
Due to recovering from a nagging knee problem, I chose to run the ½ marathon and focus on having a good time. I arrived at the event as the double marathon was wrapping up late on Saturday afternoon and spent some time with my favourite race director.
We grabbed a healthy dinner and were in our cabins by the start line by 9:30 – but we may have stayed up late giggling about Anton Krupicka. Maybe not.
The morning of the race, we woke up to pouring rain. I tried to counter this with wearing the brightest outfit possible.
6 am rainy selfie.
We toed up to the start line at 7 am and took off.
The course was 100% single track with a hilly terrain with lots of small little bodies of water, valleys carved by glaciers and rocks, roots and snapping turtles to dance over. I began quite conservatively knowing my knee could flare up, especially with the aggressive down hills. I ran with two gentlemen who were about my speed, but it was a flat stretch at around mile 4 that I broke away and began hammering. I NAILED my pre-workout fueling for this race and I was absolutely flowing for this race. The trees were vibrant green, rain was pouring and all I could think was how LUCKY I am to do this as I pounded down hills and did some fancy footwork around corners.
The course was well marked and I was running solo for most of the race so if there was a chance of getting lost, I would have found it. I was able to sprint across the finish line for a gun time of 1:50:08, bringing me in at first female and ninth overall. I was able to get a massage right at the location in a little lodge and a hot shower in the cabins.
Post race photo with my finishers cup!
So what did I do RIGHT this race, especially compared to my disastrous half last weekend?
– I ate more the night before.
– I had food closer to my run time.
– I was so relaxed and let’s face it, it was a TRAIL race, which totally has my heart.
What I ate:
Saturday dinner – salmon, rice and broccoli
Pre-race – Starbucks iced coffee, CLIF bar, banana
During: Water and Gatorade at each aid station. Probably 1 cup total throughout the race.
Let’s finish up talking shoes for a second. I have been training in these for a while and this is my second race in them. The first was the Terra Cotta Trail race with the 5 Peaks Series. I love SKECHERS for trail shoes because they are so LIGHT. I was thrilled when I received them because they were basically a highlighter for my foot. I received them in Hot Pink and Lime.
They have a narrower toe box than my other pair of trail SKECHERS which I reviewed here. They also have more cushioning which gives them a maximalist feel – PERFECT for me right now as my knee is a bit iffy. I found both races that I wore them, recovery was fast and my feet felt great afterwards.
Specifically designed for ultra-marathoning and promoting a mid foot strike, these are perfect for going LONG and HARD on the trails. They had great grip, light weight good support and they feel a bit like springs for your feet. I feel like I could go forever with them, which is awesome because I feel fresh and strong after my trail races. I’m looking forward to racing the rest of the 5 Peaks Series and the Creemore Ultra in them this year!
Retails for $110 and contains more resalyte cushioning than most of their other shoes which makes it PERFECT for a recovery run or long ultra.
What do you look for in a good trail shoe?
Tell me about the last race where you just FLOWED! What did you do to make it happen?