Sunday, August 22, 2010

Simcoe Shores - Day 2

Day 2 of Simcoe Shores started shortly after midnight. At 12:05 am, I took off on an 8.6km run through trails outside of Penetanguishine. It was a tough run: The trail on which I was running was quite uneven -- and since it was unlit (other than my not-bright-enough headlamp), I was continually having to watch my step or I'd be eating some stone dust. I muddled through the rest of the trail and with about 2 km to go, I hit the roadway and was able to pickup the pace a bit. Overall, I was pretty much right on track: 4:46 per kilometre.

My final run started at 8:14 am, right after Jenny battled her way halfway up Blue Mountain. And when I say halfway up, what I mean is that I had to go the other halfway up. This was a 12.1 km run and the first 3 km were basically uphill. The 4th km was hilly, but better. And after that, it was generally downhill, but my legs were shot. I walked every km and my support crew of Jody, Tori and Graham did a great job of keeping me hydrated and lucid! The average pace sucked -- 5:23 per km -- but that was as good as I could do. And considering the terrain, I'll take it!

Overall, we had a great time and finished 3rd out of 5 in our Mixed 35-45 division (average age, at least half the legs were run by females). And after roughly 24 hours of running we were 15 minutes off the 2nd place team.

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