That brings us up to last weekend, the Pineland Trail Festival 25k. Pineland is so fun that I had to write about it; the reason for my first blog post in… well, ages. I toed the line at Pineland with an attitude that has been growing all year in my racing, confident and carefree. I consulted some previous year runners and all-around trail running aficionados (hat tip: Kyle and Maartje) and knew that the course was constantly rolling, but non-technical and had no significant climbs. With that in mind I looked up the course record and decided to try and run it at around marathon effort and see how close I could get. Found the lead early, with a couple common faces from the New England running scene. It quickly turned into a three-man race, with two of us taking turns and the multiple time winner cruising behind, waiting to attack. Had I known that defending champ detail during the race, I probably would have let off the gas a bit and followed his approach, but I went for it and didn’t surrender the lead until 6 miles to go. I was quickly gaped, but closed hard and managed to stop the bleeding, eventually finishing only 53 seconds back. The hot early pace might have cost me, but I was pumped with 2nd place and just 12 seconds shy of my goal of hitting the old course record. Kudos to Ryan Kelly on the win and new CR, taking down a record last set in 2007!
Next up for me is another shot at running a steeple Sat, June 4th. Than it’s on to Club Track Nationals at Penn on June 25th, where I’ll hopefully be geared up for my best steeple yet. The following week it’s back up to NH for Loon Mountain which serves as the National Mountain Running Champs this year. Nothing like back-to-back weekends running National Championships in entirely different events! BTW, if you’re wondering what kind of coach can train you to run PRs in every distance and every terrain; Hudson Community has you covered! Coach Kara has transformed my training and my appreciation for running over the past year!
Race everything, have fun!
Assorted pictures below of the races mentioned, special plug to Scott Mason Photos!