Another great day.
Off with Gail to the NEOC local meet at Nobscot, one of my favorite places from the late 70s, and then after at least 20 years absence, a fond memory from 2 years ago
Ran the Red course, longest on offer, seemed about right for what I wanted, and had a good (maybe very good) run. I wasn't sure how the legs would feel. Yesterday's very short excursion on South Sugarloaf, especially the downhills, had my legs feeling dead on the warm-up. (The second time down, dropping at 135'/minute, I could feel the jarring on the legs while I was doing it, but it's the kind of training that needs to be done, and done more often.)
But once I got going I had more energy than expected. Ran well for the first 30 minutes, then a few weak moments the rest of the way, but still running pretty well most of the time. And a little more aggressive at times too. And definitely better at reading the map on the run than I've been recently.
Got done, time was excellent, then took a very pleasant walk with Ian Smith out to check the trails on the way to #1 (yup, they're screwed up in a couple of places), plus a nice chat with him. He's getting better, also still lots of room for improvement. Plus he does a bunch of organizing stuff for CSU, which is cool.
Afterwards, just to show that you can teach an old dog the occasional new trick, I took advantage of something I've seen Barb do with great success -- before we left home I did a quick search for "vegetarian restaurant Framingham" and up popped Big Fresh
. Hardly out of the way at all. We stopped there, shared a Spicy Peanut Noodle Stir Fry, really excellent. And then happily headed home.
and a few comments.
Worst mistake was to #1, and I could blame that in part on a couple of mismapped trails (and I walked out there afterwards to be sure). But I still should have adjusted quicker. To 8 (across the marsh), just a little too far left of my intended line. And then to 14, the last control, popped out of the little marsh just east of the control, saw the flag, went to punch, but the code was wrong. Did a double-take, how could this be, I was right on line. Though this looked like it was on a boulder and I was looking for a flattish knoll. Looked around, and there was mine, at most 20 meters away. The closest I think I've ever seen 2 controls in this country.
I ran well for 31 minutes (exception was the steep climb up to 3, unrunnable for me), on the way to 9 all of a sudden I felt out of gas. Walked the first part of the hill to 10, and then the last part to 11, that part quite slowly, but then ran the rest of the way not so bad.
Overall, more improvement over the last 6 weeks, both physically and technique. Getting some efficiency back. And was moving pretty well on several legs.
12 down, 38 to go.