Tuesday: 6 miles
Local roads at dusk. Great to run past so many lit up Christmas displays.
Wednesday: 3 miles
4AM. Exhausted. Not into it this morning.
Friday: 13 miles
Saturday: 9 miles
Weekly long run with Muddy and Jonny. Jonny's choice. Chilly 31o start. Ran quiet roads from Burlingame including Kings Factory, Buckeye Brook, and Klondike, before finishing on trails. Good run, conversation, and company in our pre-run before our first WTAC team run tomorrow at Old Mountain Field 5K Trail Run.
Sunday: 7 miles
The rest of the race led us through fields with tall grass, then on mowed grass around athletic fields, and trails in the woods including crossing rocks and steep drops down stone steps. For a guy whose only trail race ever had been Li'l Rhody, this was like extreme trail racing to me (and extreme fun!), albeit the river fording and briar patches could have been somewhat avoided. I reached a muddy trail intersection, where you needed to turn sharply (more than 90-degrees). I slid through the turn, and my feet came right out from under me and I went down. This would've been a great slide to a finish line, except that I still had 1/2 mile to go.
|Blood and mud at trail race|
There was a runner (Glen) right on my back and I glimpsed Muddy not far behind him. Glen passed me on my final sprint to the finish, and Muddy finished just 3 seconds after me. I was shocked to learn that I was 4th overall! Muddy was 5th and Jonathan 7th; full results at link above. Other WTAC runners John, Elise, and Carol Ann all had a good run.