Start and finish at Carlisle Lake by the old mill site. The smoke stack is about all that remains.
I should have known that we would run around the lake. I like the big course map that someone made for display.
I warm up on the road and only peek at the trail. Nice and wide but gravelly here.
Start - 73 runners plus some two mile walkers. Kids run was held earlier. Great pre race announcements gets the walkers and those not concerned with time in the back. I think this is the 5th year of this race, but my first time here. Warm up went well, so I place myself near the front. We start smoothly and proceed onto the narrow and rough trail.
Mile 0.25 - Stuck behind a few folks. Going slower than I usually do at the start of a 5K, but that is fine. I dodge around a couple of people when I can and then I feel like I am going fast enough.
Mile 0.5 - Just a little mud. Then two small hills. Wider trail, but leaf covered and some places with large angular rocks. I squeeze between two runners. One will soon pass me again. The other will stay just behind me and be the woman's overall winner.
Mile 1 - Out of the lake and on to the smooth flat roads. I am trying to keep the guy ahead of me from getting too far ahead. Legs are OK but not great. I forget to check my mile split time, but I know that I am going faster now that I am on the road.
Mile 2 - Gaining on the guy ahead, but not enough to catch him. We run along the main street where the parade and fair will be later this morning. At times I am not sure if I should go onto the sidewalk or stay on the road. Soon enough it is back to the lake.
Mile 2.5 - Second time around the lake. The two little hills do me in. The guy pulls way ahead. I keep up the effort and wonder if I can break 24 minutes. Slowing and feeling tired but it is almost over.
Mile 3.1 (5K) - 3.09 on the GPS. In to the finish chute and pleased with how it went. No one passed me after the 0.8 mile mark, but I also did not catch anyone. Hardly a fast time for me, but I can blame it on the trail or last weeks race. At least I got in some faster miles today.
Cool down, cheer on the other finishers and then very quickly the results are ready. 1st in age group ribbon. Raffles. Hope I do not win the pedicure from the local Onalaska shop......hope I do win the shoes from South Sound Running. No luck today, I do not win anything. But a very nice event that I would do again for sure.
8th of 73
Race# 304, 5K#78