This year's Snake Run was great. The weather was perfect...hardly no sun, little rain now and then, cool breeze all day.
|Snake Run start/finish|
Two weeks ago, I ran A-OK 50K. I had strain my calf muscle pretty bad. Since then, I didn't do any running in hopes that my leg would heal up. By Thursday, I went for short 5 miles at easy pace. My leg was still feeling the pain. By saturday, I was still unsure if I should run for 6 hours...much less cover over 30 miles.
|feeling good moment (photo-K2)|
I started out very slow, and close to the very back of the pack. First 4 mile loop went good, second 4 mile loop went smoothly too. I wasn't pushing hard, but rather keeping steady pace.
Towards end of 3rd 4-mile loop, my leg was beginning to hurt. Fourth loop (mile 12 to 16), I walked most of it...hoping that if I can only make it to 20 miles...it would be a good day.
Fifth loop (up to mile 20), I was still moving. Time was somewhere close to 4 hours. I thought...if I can only do one more loop..I'd call it a day.
At the end of my sixth loop (mile 24.5), I had about 1 hour left. My leg was still hurting...but I thought...maybe I can put in 2 more miles to make it a marathon..then call it done.
I started on the 1/2 mile loop. In about an hour, I was able to hobble in another 4 miles. By this time, my leg was finally getting in tune, and I was able to run most of it. I was beginning to feel good. But time ran out on me. At 5 hrs. 57 min. 45 sec., I would cover 28.6 miles. Some days, the body is just not up to par.
However, the Snake Run was a great turn out. Some 250 runners came out for either the 3 hr or 6 hr of trail running.
Thanks to TATURS for a great race.