Trail running race 1:50:45  11.6 mi (9:33 / mi) +650m 8:08 / mi
shoes: New Balance MT 101 sz 9
Vulcan's Fury Trail Race at Pawtuck. Perfect day: 50 - 55 degrees, sunny. About 50% of the leaves have fallen, which made the footing a bit softer, yet not treacherous. Start at Group Camp. Parking, then to Fundy tr to Woronoko trail to Split Rock Tr , to Shaw Trail, then to Round Pond, then Boulder Trail around, to Tower Road, then up to S Mountain (on the middle Mt to S Mt traverse trail), then S. Ridge Trail back down to Mt. Trail down and back on the Woronoko to the Finish at the Group Camping Shelter.
I felt great, paced myself in the beginning; settled in with a group of runners and moved up on the S. Mountain climb (really! I used to fall back) to another group and stayed with it to the end. Well, one of the youngsters beat me to the finish. My legs were wobbly on the last 2 miles on the Woronoko.
I was 1 min 15 seconds faster than 4 years ago, but that course then was 0.3 miles longer but had an extra mile on the Fundy trail which is much faster running than on the Woronoko. So about the same, and the splits are nearly identical. Relative to my peers I actually gained a couple minutes. Not bad!
Good turn out, ~ 200 runners - a short course (5 miles) was also offered.
Excellent trail markings - all perfectly organized by Acidotic Racing. Plus Hamburgers and beer, bagels and cookies and cider at the end were of course appreciated and enticed folks to hang out and socialize. Had a very good time!