|Never won the Master's category before, I must be getting old, or maybe there just aren't a lot of 48 year-olds running messy trail races?|
Just yesterday I ran my first trail race, post-injury. It was a 5.5 miler and although not technical or very hilly, we did spend a lot of time running in knee to thigh deep water. As you all know water adds a giant level of resistance, not something I was anticipating and it just plane old wore me out. We have had some tremendous rains recently and this run is on a trail that circumnavigates a big lake. Well the lake just rose on up and covered large sections of the trail. It made for a tough, muddy and wet run. I lost a shoe and then at one point fell completely in the mud, but it still was way, way fun. In the end I still managed to get the Masters First Place award.
|A perfect day, 39 degrees at the start, sunny and dry. A wonderful course through town, I was able to walk to the start and take a nice stroll home afterwards. Now that's a perfect race!|
I did get into the ING NYC Marathon on November 3rd, already have my entry paid for (expensive race!) and my plane tickets purchased. My brother who has run it several times will be my local host and my support crew, he's very excited about it, after all he's the reason I am running, so I guess for him this is also a big achievement. I am very excited and a bit scared. For several reasons, 1) I want to make sure I stay healthy, especially my foot, 2) I have never trained during our summer months, August and September are killers down here, 3) I want to have good enough training that I can really enjoy this race in my home-town and with my family supporting me.
Well that's all for now, I am hoping to keep in better touch with you all in the coming weeks, I haven't been the best blogger friend, but I do see a lot of you on FB anyway. Cheers everybody!