Today's Chrystal Springs Trail Run was great. Such a great local trail run up and down a (small) mountain. Well run. Good weather. At the finish I was greeted by a former work colleague. She'd set the women's half marathon course record. She is fast!
Overall, my AM run was perfect except for one thing.
I completely forgot how steep the uphill was on this course. At the first aid station (after about 5.5 miles and 2000 ft of incline), I spent several minutes eating, drinking, and looking at my watch, recognizing that it was possible that I'd miss my afternoon flight if I slowed down any further. So, I cut off the 2.4 miles from the top of the course (the 1.2 out and back) and started running back down.
Only a few minutes later, I realized that the downhill would be *much* faster than the uphill (duh).
So I probably wasn't actually in any danger, timewise, but at this point, I was more than happy to finish a 17K instead of a half and call it a day.
The downhill portions of this run are such a great reward -- so fun to just fly.
2:13 read the clock at the finish -- in terms of length of time running a long run while training for a flatter half marathon? Just about perfect. I explained that I'd cut the course short and they offered to bump me down to the 5 mile.
Here's to the slowest 5 mile time I've ever recorded!