In my title, I put races as plural because in essence I ran two entirely different 15 mile races. The description however is the same………wet, slippery, muddy, gnarly, hilly, relentless and beautiful terrain. The only consistent factor throughout the day was the drizzly fog and never ending choices at the aid stations. I felt like royalty as these more than helpful volunteers not only offered any aid needed but treated the whole visit like a party that was just waiting to peak on my arrival. One very cheerful volunteer (who, I am sure I do not have to name) ran toward me before I even made it to the aid station yelling out for my demands……..on top of that there was bacon. As much as I love any aid station snack with chocolate in it, nothing tops the smell of bacon cooking as one is running out of the woods. I also found a new favorite food…..baked potato smeared with peanut butter and dipped in salt, add in the bacon and I think it covers all the major food groups.
2nd lap 15.4 miles @ 4:09:03 (16:11 pace)