Date: May 21, 2011
Distance: 13.1 Miles
This run was my 5th consecutive Saturday race of more than 9 miles. I signed up for just because I like the Morgan Monroe State Forest area and it was only $20 for the event. Sometime a week or so before this race I signed up for the Golden Gate Trail Run in San Francisco and I needed to get more than 13 miles in that Saturday. I told my running buddy that I was going to do a bonus three miles after the race and he was interested, at least until we finished the race. He ended up dropping out of the bonus miles, probably because of all of the previous racing we’d been doing.
The start of the run was a big downhill on pavement and then everyone jams into some single track and up a hill. It was the definition of a bad start location for a large race, but there were only about 80 participants doing the longer distances. I was a little frustrated with people in the way, but I found a good crowd of fellow Vibram Five Finger wearers and we trotted right along up the hill and off on the course.
One of my former co-workers, Steph, noticed my name on the registration list and Facebook messaged me prior to the race. I saw her before the start and then sadly, about 1.5 miles in. She was bent over on the side of the trail after just rolling her ankle pretty badly. You can read about that disappointment here. It was already swelling up so she turned and went back to the start. Her husband owns the Indiana Running Company which sponsored Dances With Dirt the weekend prior to this race.
The rest of the run went off without a hitch. We slowed down a little bit about half way though the race and had a pretty relaxed run, but it was fun. I took a few action shots during the run and I’ve included them below.
|Short Train of Trail Runners|
|Only 2 more miles to go!|
|There I go, I love that camelbak.|
|I'm coming for you, runner way up there.|