I headed up to Chester and bagged a couple of hills along the way. I was early, so I decided a long warm-up would be a good idea. I checked in with the RD and got a good look at the course map. The course was very well marked, the big worry was footing. Leaves were down and it was very hard to tell where you were stepping. I did the first figure 8 loop of the course then added a little more to run up/down nearby Marsden hill. After my 4 mile warm-up I changed into my Inov-8 212's and did another mile with strides. The race was a bit behind schedule, so I put in at least another mile of very easy running...basically just enough movement to stay warm.
About 30 of us headed off on the double loop course. I went to the front and was joined by two others. I wanted to stay in front if for no other reason than to be able to get a view of where I was running. I felt like I was moving well but was pressed on some of the uphills. Local master Pat Connelley pushed hard on one of the hills and I fell back about 10 meters. I tried to keep it close but also felt that I should wait until the second loop before really pushing. I figured my best shot at winning would be to really make a big move in the second loop.
|Heading into lap 2|
That was my last hard effort, so now I'll take a few easy days and fly out to Oregon.
1 37:19 Dave Dunham 46M
2 38:16 Pat Connelley 46M
3 40:39 Mike Fraysse 38M
4 44:35 Brennan Holmes 33M
5 46:26 TJ Stevens 34M
Thanks to DQ for encouragement on the course...sorry we didn't get any running together.