I always try to do F2F's races. Great organization and its for a great cause. So I had decided to just take it easy as I still recover from SteamTown Marathon. Well it did not happen, I'm to competitive. After the start legs felt good and I was on 5th place after the big grass field were the start took place.
When we were hitting the single trails I was behind two runners who did
not keep up with the pace I had in mind, so when we hit one of the hills
around mile 2 I passed them. One of them had more gas in the legs and
started to chase me, I still had a few seconds. At this point my calves were trashed, pretty much
the same feeling I had during the SteamTown. Runnable but very painful and thight.
The rest of my body felt fine and I was really motivated. I gained some
time on the guy behind on the hills but he was faster then me on the
flat parts. By mile 5 we missed a turn, it was clearly not marked and
the volunteers was not out in time. I knew that the last 3 miles were
going to be very hilly and if I could just keep the pace, I would beat
the runner behind me. I popped a gel at mile 5 as well. By mile 6 we hit
some good hills and the guy behind me lost time again, at the same time
I could feel some more energy coming. Probably some from the gel and
the fact that I was stronger then the guy behind. I knew the rest of the course would be hilly and I was stronger then the guy behind. I know had a 10 second lead. I kept my pace strong
and the last mile I pushed a bit extra. I finished strong and are happy with the race in general. New PB for the course....
Again I used Skechers GoBionic Trail. The terrain was really hilly and very rocky. Pretty much all hills knife sharp rocks. The GoBionic trails kept me close to the ground and offered enough of protection against the rocks. The grip was outstanding, despite some rain during the week and all the leafs. I couldn't ask for more from a trail shoe. legs (not calves) anf feet were great after the race, not bruised.
Really happy to finish third. Probably not a good idea to race this short after a marathon as my calves took a hit again. But again, it was for a great cause!
Distance came up short this
year, last year it was to long. GPS does not work as good over hilly
terrain I guess. All cred to F2F and the Scheid brothers who won the
race, amazing, fast guys!