This is arguably my favorite race…..just something about it…the winding trails that you get to see other racers so much, the length, the atmosphere, the “regulars” are usually there, the park, the wide open finish, the creek and log bridge, and it’s usually a heated finish
PRE Race information:
This is my history on this race: I have always done the 10 miler.
2012 1:40:18 Third place in Age Group (first ever race longer than a 10K)
I am registered for the 10 miler again, but am actually considering the 5 miler. I am considering the 5 miler, as it will help me get more points for the RNUTS series. It looks like I could place first overall age group, considering who is registered so far. I am doing a tough ultra 7 days later, so that is a factor as well.
POST race information:
I stuck with the 10 miler..
Everyone kept saying it was going to be muddy, but I really did not think much of it. We have had “muddy” races before and that usually means some water logged grassy areas near the beginning and end or one small part of the race. Most of the MJ race trails hold up well in the water. Well, I really missed on that thought process. This race was very muddy. This race was VERY slick. This was by far the slickest race I have done, by far. I was truly lucky to have stayed upright. We do 2 loops of 5sh miles on this race. We could tell on the first loop that the second loop was going to be a doozy. I felt great the whole race. I probably started too fast, but I never really got that tired. I did slow down the last few miles, but that was mainly due to the mud. The slick mud was just not very runnable at all. Most of was on an incline…it was pretty dangerous. I ran with Brian Walters for around 5 miles. He is 55sh I guess, so he is 2 age groups above me. Brian is a very strong runner. He was right behind me for those first few miles. I kept waiting for him to pass me. He finally did around mile 6 and finished a couple a minutes ahead of me.
I had scouted out my competition in my age group before the race. I knew that Tim Miller would beat me by a lot. There was another guy named Tim Coleman that could beat me, based on his time 2 or 3 years ago. I was hoping for third plus had to beat Mack McGee. Mack is a runner that I know I am better than, but he did get me at the end of the last race, EYL.
I started off ahead of Mack and stayed a good distance ahead of him the whole way. I never saw Tim Miller and I don’t know Tim Coleman.
I got within sight of the finish and started getting a cramp in my right calf…what?? I am very good for this distance and more. I don’t know why I started cramping. With everyone watching (more or less), I stopped and stretched the calf for a second, then ran on in. Weird!
I finished a hair over 1 hour and 30 minutes. I was 2 minutes slower than my best time from last year, but the mud was a huge factor. I could have easily beat my best time this year, under good conditions.
I checked the finish list and was surprised to see a 1 beside my name! I was FIRST in my age group! Tim Miller had placed in masters and I had beat Tim Coleman by a good bit.
I am happy with this race and my performance in adverse conditions.
On to Terrapin Mountain 50K next week!
Garmin readout for the race: https://connect.garmin.com/activity/720666855
The RNUTS standings were updated soon after. I am in second place in age group right now. I beat the leader the first race, Frozen Toe. He beat me the second race, Explore Your Limits, which I think I am a better runner and just had a relatively bad race. He placed first in the 5 miler for this race, Montvale. I could have beat him in the 5 miler. The pressure is on to beat him in the Mill Mountain Mayhem race.