|Nipmuck South 14.1 mile race.|
This was the inaugural running of the race which meant a small number of people signed up. 80 to be exact. It was held at a park in Mansfield Hollow, CT. I started out well as we began running between some baseball fields. The trails were not too technical but the first 3 miles had some decent hills. Since trail running is rare for me I was happy with my performance. At the half way point I was in good shape.....very hot and tired but OK.
On the way back I was flying. My gel and fluid intake helped maintain my energy level. I was running hard and enjoying it. Then at about 8.5 miles my toe caught an exposed root. I hit the ground hard. My left knee and thigh were in extreme pain. So much so I thought I broke something. I laid there for a few seconds thinking about how far away help was. If I needed help it wasn't going to be easy. But I picked myself up to assess the situation. My knee was cut and I had a decent bruise on my upper thigh. Nothing appeared broken so I started running and got back up to speed. My legs were functioning but it hurt. As I approached 12 miles I was crossing the original baseball fields which meant the finish was within 15 minutes. Unfortunately when I re-entered the small section of woods before the finish I became lost. Somehow I missed a turn. It was extremely quiet and very isolated. I walked for a while hoping to find a trail. I checked my GPS on the phone but it showed me what I already knew.....I was a dot in the middle of a state forest. No clue which way to go. Eventually I heard faint music in the distance and headed for that. That led me back to the park but was way off course. At least I found the finish. My time was 3:16. Not great. I could have finished under 3 hours if I hadn't gotten lost.
I was happy to finish a significant trail race in OK time and condition. A good training day to develop my trail skills.