Running race (Hume and Hovell Ultra 22k) 2:35:49  22.3 km (6:59 / km) +692m 6:03 / km
shoes: Saucony Peregrine 6
Hume and Hovell Ultra weekend, 22km. First time the 22km has been run and the first time the race started (well apart from the 22km) and finished at Henry Angel Track Head. Such a well organised event, by a small number of dedicated local runners, would recommend it to anyone
We were bused to Mannus Camp ground for the start at 10.30am. Was definitely warming up by then and the first 5km along an open firetrail were quite a shock, was hot! Felt good here, and probably went too fast. I obviously didn't listen to the race instructions as we were warned to take a wide berth after the second cattle grid to avoid mud - I went straight through it!! (didn't matter too much as there was a lot of wet for the remainer).
Then the slow climb started up to Mt Garland, ran and walked it, and felt like I was out orienteering in some places! Got to the top (9km) and enjoyed a bit of rolling downhills. The first two 50km runners were passing over the top at the same time as me (they did an out and back from Henry Angel). Was feeling good and by 12km I'd caught up to another runner and he pushed me along until 16km when I encouraged him to head off.
Disaster struck at just after 18km when I climbed a style and missed the tapes marking the track and headed off in the wrong direction. I was very stressed and worried, and should have gone straight back to the style, but I didn't. Gained 300m, lost 5mins and 2nd place due to my mistake. And when I got back on track I was so annoyed at myself that I just lost motivation. I could see 2nd place ahead, but had nothing.
In the end I was happy to finish 3rd, and know where I can improve for next time (more training!). Dad did fantastic, finishing in just under 3hrs! And Mum was amazing, looking after Ryder and Logan!
The course was so beautiful, every creek was flowing in full, in some places the water was so loud crashing on the rocks that I could here nothing else, and crossing Tumbarumba Creek over the swing bridge was spectacular!
Spent the rest of the afternoon and into the evening watching and cheering on the 50km and 100km runners finishing! Great weekend, will definitely do again