With a slow recovery from DWD, I did not venture out on the trails till last Friday. And then it was only a short run to be sure everything was in working order. Since I felt OK, I thought I’d try the Run with the Foxes 13.1M mini in the
The start for the mini was very close to where the Tecumseh Trail Marathon is started each December. The RD had a speech at the start & said this event lost a lot of runners this year due to a new race . . . somewhere -- she was difficult to hear. I did hear that she was letting the 10K & 10M runners start 2 minutes early – I think some mini runners didn’t hear her & started with them. Anyway, I started at the back of the pack so I wouldn’t be caught up with the speedy runners. The problem with that – which I soon realized, was after the start on the road, the race quickly went into a very narrow twisting single track. So I ended up either walking, standing still or jogging very slowly up close to the heels of the person in front of me for the first mile or so. I wanted to start slow, but not that slow. As the trail straightened out & widened, I was finally able to get by slower runners/walkers from the mini and also the slower 10M & 10K runners/walkers who had the head start. I’m usually the one being passed – this time I enjoyed doing all the passing & no one passed me that I didn’t pass back all the way -- except one very determined runner near the finish. The trail was well established & maintained. It was nice to see the forest in full splendor & to be there with cool temps & with no bugs (some stinging nettle though). It was very muddy in places & the streams were still up from a heavy rain 2 days previous. I thought the course had a good mix of short & long hills, technical sections & easy running spots. Using my McNaughton experience, I didn’t need to slow down running thru the mud and all the streams as many others did who I ran with – but those same runners had more speed than I did. So I took that chance to get in some good speed works until my ankle said it had enough. In summary, this run was a fun time & a good tempo work w/some short “sprints”.
Next up is the Stone Steps F-A 50K in