My 5th race in five weeks. New course for this race. It is only on trails and it will have some rooty single track and hills. I have never run out here before.
Park in the F lot as instructed and walk the quarter mile to the start/finish area, where most people have also found parking. Only 16 racers and plenty of volunteers so everything goes smoothly. My $35 annual membership in Club Oly gets me free entry for the race series and a nice long sleeve tech shirt.
Amy and I do a one mile warm up to scope out the course and turn around at the base of a steep hill. Better save it for the race.
The race - We start well and the first part is wide enough for passing. I don't need to pass anyone and I hit a good pace right away. In some places the trail is very runnable, I can go as fast as I like. Other places have lots of roots and most are painted so we know they are there. Up the steep hill that turned me back earlier. Now a nice runnable part. I pass Mia and then one guy, and I think that we may be the last two men. Now the trail twists and there are two logs to go over. I am not prepared for that and I step over them instead of jumping. A steep rooty downhill where I decide to not push it and injure myself. Hopefully I am gathering my breath as I pick my way down. Faster on the flat then I slow on the uphill. I can sense that the guy I passed is gaining on me as I climb uphill. Back through the well marked trail, with volunteers (Bill, Jeff, Heike, Tammy) to help direct us. Now that big hill for the second time. I can feel last week's race in my legs. I feel like walking. Why did I run those hills on Thursday? I am actually doing OK, but the guy behind me now catches up and passes me. On to the flat and downhill but I can not get back to him as he extends his lead. Sprint to the finish. GPS says 2.8 miles, but others read 3.2. I never did look at my watch during the race and with this new and difficult course I was not concerned about time.
I feel like I ran fairly well, but somehow I ended up as the last male finisher. Trying to not let that bother me, as everything else about this morning was fun.
12th of 16 (8th of 8 men)