When I first posted this, I had no real intention to do this run. I thought that I would be able to weasel out and do the 5.5 fun run around the lake. My friends sussed out my plans and with constant abuse I finally relented. I mean, what did I have to lose? After all I had trained all of 3 months with my longest run of 8 miles.
I changed my plan to registering and running the first few miles. Denial was taking many forms.
Four of us flew out. The other three had run New York City 4 weeks ago, 2 around 3:15 and I ran the last 8 with the third who ran 4:32. They had all trained intensely for New York. On the other hand, I started running in August after a 14 year marathon hiatus, although that was a 2:52 in NY.
I refused to even think about what my plan was other than survival. I planned to walk at any opportunity and stay with my buddy. With 3500 feet of climbing, there was plenty of opportunity to walk.
Our fast friends took off at the start, and I did stay with my friend, although his shorts fell down to his ankle in the first 200 yards.
After much cursing of the course, we finally got into a rhythm - walking at the sight of any hill, and jogging on the flats or moderate down hills.
The day wore on and on. That is the problem with walking in these things - it takes forever.
Anyway, we ran the last mile to finish in 5:48. Our fast friends ran 4:13, and the winning time was 3:0something. My legs feel fine today (this was yesterday) but my bad back is a little sore.
Next up - a running traverse of the Presidentials!
Anyone else do a long trail race - Escarpment Trail etc.?