|the start - from the GSV Marathon facebook|
The course goes out for about 12 miles, does a 3 or 4 mile loop, then comes back. I saw Jackie at the end of the loop on my way back - she was waiting at the aid station to pace Alan for the rest of the way. I think I still felt pretty decent at that point. Shortly after that, a guy in a VT singlet came running up alongside me. I thought I recognized him, and sure enough, he was one of the same guys I ran several miles with during Boston last year. Pretty cool coincidence.
|early miles - from US Candids|
1. Lots of horses-and-buggies!
2. Very nice rolling country scenery.
3. The encounter with Jordan from VT, and a few other nice fellas.
4. Low-key feeling for a road race, sharing the roads with regular traffic.
5. Enthusiastic volunteers at the aid stations..
6. Great finishing area, with food, massages, etc.
7. The short, but very steep hill, which we pounded down at mile 6ish and then charged (read: trudged) up at mile 21ish!
The following day was the Cherry Pit 10 Miler with the marathon team. I didn't know what to expect to be able to run, so, again, I never looked at my watch and just ran how I felt. I felt fantastic for a half mile, then all the soreness from the previous day came back to me. The good thing was, though, that 10 miles seemed VERY short in my mind, so I had a lot of fun pushing it. There are a few tough hills on this course. The uphills were difficult, and the downhills were painful.
It was a fun race, and I was pleased with the result. Saw lots of local running friends either running in the race or volunteering on the sidelines, plus Liz from Rock'n'Roll cheering on her brother.
So the weekend consisted of a lot of hard road miles, and I was very happy with how my shin held up. I drew my inspiration for the weekend from all kinds of wild performances in the ultra world, from my friend Josh's smoking fast winning time at NJ100 last weekend, as well as Tom's excellent performance there (and Tom was helping out at a road crossing during Cherry Pit), to all the folks experiencing far greater suffering than I this weekend at races like Umstead and the Barkleys. Gotta love it!