A few months before Forget the PR 50K / 25K I learned that Rob was going to include more races over the weekend, including a 4 miler on Friday night and a 1/2 marathon on Sunday. I was planning to squeeze in a few training runs that weekend in Mohican since the Indiana Trail 100 was only two weeks away. So I decided it would work out well if I ran a 12 mile training run super early on Saturday morning before volunteering at South Park aid station and then run in the half marathon on Sunday. This would give me my 25 miles for the weekend that my training plan called for. I was planning on tent camping over the weekend as I always do for this event but I was worried this year as we still had super cold temps in April. Luckily the forecast had zero percent chance of rain and low temps of 35 and high temps around 70. This was perfect camping weather!!
|All set up at my favorite site 500|
|South Park Aid Station..ready for runners!|
|Chad Heald and myself enjoying some Lager Heads Brew|
|Rob showing us the course markers are on the right side! I stole this pic from Kimba|
I got up the next morning and was pretty tired after such a long day on Saturday. I got ready for the race and I had some extra time so I decided to tear down my camp so I didn't have to do it after the run. I woke Nick up to see if he wanted to run the 1/2 marathon but he said his head was killing him and he was going to sit this one out. I made my way down to the starting line and got signed in and attached my bib number etc... I was feeling good and ready to race even though I am suppose to be taking it easy since my hundred miler was less then two weeks away. A lot of the people doing this half marathon were on the third leg of the Trifecta. Rob offered a special award and T shirt for those who completed the four miler Friday night, the 25K or 50K on Saturday, and the 1/2 marathon on Sunday. Those who were in this elite group were feeling very tired from the previous two days of racing which gave me sort of an advantage. After Rob's pre-race speech we were off! I came out of the gate way to fast but was feeling good so I just went with it. I was surprising myself at how good of a pace I was keeping through the trails of Mohican. We went up Big Ass Hill, down to the fire tower and then after covered bridge it was a complete mud fest. There were areas that had knee deep water and ankle deep mud. I went right through the middle of it. I even passed a few people who were trying to maneuver around these areas. In the last few miles of the race I passed a few people. It was a good confidence booster even though I knew they were tired from running three races that weekend.
|Up up and away! Also stole this pic from facebook.|