Some of the guys and I went and ran the Raven Rock Rumble trail runs a couple of weeks ago. The 10 mile course included about 2400 feet of elevation gain. There was a lot of up and down and the trail was pretty choppy. I enjoyed myself and finished 16th out of 83 or so in 1:26.45 which is just under 9 minute per mile pace and I was working fairly hard. The overall winner was 19 minutes ahead of me. Yikes. We finished with a pit stop at the Aviator Brewing Company smokehouse in Fuquay Varina.
Last weekend we took part in the Apex Turkey Trot 5k. I had registered in the non-competitive division as I expected to be pushing Junior Awesome. But a family visit allowed me to run full force. I had a good run and finished just ahead of my lovely, wonderful, beautiful, smart, awesome wife Bri. She was not feeling well and I was feeling terrific. Otherwise I would have no chance against this force of nature. I did an unofficial 20:17 which would have been good for 1st in my age group. But as Bri notes, I don't count.
Tomorrow morning (Thanksgiving morning) I am running in the Skinny Turkey half-marathon in Wake Forest. It sounded like a good idea at the time. My goal is to run under 1:40 and not feel like dog-doodie. It will be 28 degrees at the start. Brrr!
Happy Thanksgiving and all that.