Well, West Point is the West Point. It's challenging same way as Harriman. It's your first encounter with such difficult and technical terrain. So, mistakes are no a surprise - I managed to run there w/out errors only once if I recall. Anyway, tomorrow is another day, another race. take care of your ankle first and if it feels manageable, run your own race. While pace counting might be a good approach, but it might be better to go with navigation on the terrain feature by feature (I mean BIG ones), simplification of your routes, and then pace counting when it makes sense.
Get better. Run smart )))
I think you did great. West Point is where I had a 40 minute leg once. Yes, 40.
I left my 3rd control, got lost, began circling until I found my 3rd control AGAIN. Heck, at least then I finally knew where I was!
Not an expert opinion, but congrats on finishing. I am glad the clubbe backed you up and encouraged you to go. :-)
Hope your ankle is better.
I still have you beat for time lost on a course - 1 hr 10 min - Hickory Run last fall.
It looks like you had some good legs over the weekend. On bad races sometimes I have to to look at the few things I did right to feel better about it. I 'm jealous because I had my eye on WP since last spring but I just didn't feel I could take the time this spring.
Nice job on finishing your first green course at an A-meet, and at West Point of all places! I will have to tell you about my ?first or second outing there--still remember it--was hopelessly lost, drinking from streams to stay hydrated, then found some road and miraculously walked along it in the right direction to get back to the camp. Or another time, high up on a mountain, wandering around in the fog. Nice job on finishing the course and, by the way, if not for those few mistakes--you had a solid time! Imagine how great your times will be once you get a few more advanced courses under your belt! Way to go!
oh dasha..."drinking from streams to stay hydrated"??!! you are a one of a kind...and i want to hear the whole story!!
thanks for all the nice comments you guys!
How is your ankle doing? Was it only a minor sprain and you can run on it or does it hurt when you walk/run? Go slow if it still hurts. Did you ice it?
Yes west point is a rough area. there are really too many rocks compared to Harriman State Park area. I got frustrated in some of the bad legs I ran, but I always look at the positive side and keep in mind the good legs on the course.
I iced right after thanks to Sandy. It's better now, just a little tender when I move it from side to side. Tomorrow I will wear my clogs to work instead of work boots in hopes that more support will help. Thanks for asking!