In a rare convergence of me being healthy, not racing, and an orienteering meet on the schedule had me heading up to
Mine Falls ( ) on Sunday. This would be the 11th time in the last 20 years that I’ve competed at Nashua NH . Back in 1992 Steve Tarry taught me about orienteering and the first workout we did was at Mine Falls . The only other maps I’ve competed on more are Beaver Brook (13) and Pawtuckaway (15). Mine Falls is a very urban park but surprisingly technical, there is a lot of unusual detail out there and so many trails that it can make it a lot harder than it seems at first glance. Mine Falls
I was a little tired when I arrived at the start, having run at 4am then caught a flight to
Boston from (where I’d been for a long weekend). I was also a bit nervous about my lack of orienteering, it had been a year and a half since I’d last gone out and I’d only orienteered 7 times over the last 5 years. Tampa
I headed out and did a 3 mile warm-up then got my start time and was off! As is sometimes the case I had a little trouble on the first control, not reading the map as carefully as I should and maybe running a bit too fast. I settled down and made my way around the course. There was a lot of interesting terrain and I really enjoyed the northern part of the map which is a lot quieter this time of year (especially on a nice spring day when people and dogs where EVERYWHERE). I made some minor mistakes along the way but mostly I had a good idea of where I wanted to be (and I actually ended up there!). I finished the 6.1 kilometer course (which is measured via the shortest distance possible, which is always a lot shorter than the distance you cover) in 42:27. I ended up running the fastest time of the day which is a good result for me! I finished off the day with a 2 mile warm-down to close my day with 15 miles and my week with 108 miles.