As I stood for the start of my first trail race I was excited and nervous, mostly nervous. The Race Director announced, “this year, out of all years, I am nervous. Please do not try to PR through this course. Oh and we added about a half mile to the course because the conditions were not safe”. Colorado was its crazy self and dropped over a foot of snow the previous week in mid-May which meant the trails there would be snowy, muddy, or slushy. I looked over at my boyfriend, Barrett who knows the trails much better than I and told me “you’ll be okay”.