Running - Trail 15:01  2.33 km (6:27 / km) +56m 5:45 / km
shoes: 201607 Asics GT1000
After I picked up Izzy, I arrived at Nobscot at 10 AM and worked registration for a bit. A crew of MIT students showed up at 10:45, including a classmate of mine - Anders Kaseorg. I didn't know him well when I was in Uni, and I didn't recognize him until I saw his name in the results.
Anyway, I executed my logistical plan perfectly this morning, which pleases me. I hung out at registration until about noon, when I suited up. I decided to do this properly, and ran around for 15 minutes on trails to warm up. I still didn't feel fantastic - I could tell I missed three days midweek. I also wonder if I'm getting a little sick.
Orienteering 50:28  7.3 km (6:55 / km) +269m 5:50 / km
shoes: 201606 Inov-8 Oroc 280s
Red course by Bo at Nobscot. This course had a distinctive middle distance feel for the first half followed by some longer legs near the end. I started aggressively, but whiffed badly on 4 - drifting far to my right for a loss of about 45s. The GPS track is obvious here. I then ran within 10m of 5 without seeing it, losing another 30s. Ugh. I got things together for a bit and was moving well, but I botched 10 (a pit) by being a bit too low, and lost 20s figuring things out. At control 15 - the end of the control pick section, I had a small lead, with 3 people within 3 minutes of me. I took a good line to 16, and celebrated by running right by 17, blowing a minute. I was solid for the rest of the course, but on the long leg to 21, I was frustrated by my inability to drop the hammer on the long trail run. I've been missing my tempo workouts lately - a combination of time management and reluctance. I think my body is telling me that my training load has increased substantially over the past few weeks, and two days hasn't been enough time to recover from track workout. Maybe I'll move tempo runs to Friday; I might also join a group of CSU runners who do tempo workouts at Fresh Pond on Thursday to get over the trepidation of 4:00/km.
My run was acceptable, but sloppy. I need to execute better - especially in vagueish areas without many features, like on my approach to 17, and areas of low visibility and heavier vegetation. Compass - and confidence with compass - needs work. I think Night-O is clearly called for. I guess I'm glad that when I tried to run hard - from 17 to the finish, I picked up about two minutes on everyone, but I should have been running that well the entire course. I want to redo the eight splits I lost. Overall, it was a fun day in the woods.
Running 5:00  0.32 km (15:32 / km) +65m 7:44 / km
23c shoes: 201606 Inov-8 Oroc 280s
I felt a bit crap after my push near the end of the race, so I went for a short saunter around the parking lot to clear my legs a bit.