My racing season continues - and with another good performance! Saturday, Leslie and I headed to Grand Marais for the Fisherman's Picnic Trail Run. The weather did not look good - trees tops were being thrashed around in front of my house and the forecast was for 50% storms. Temperatures were cool as well - reminding me a bit of day I ran the Superior 25K this past May.
Lately I feel like my running is not going well and so I did not have any great expectations for this race. I knew there were hills, and at least one long climb and figured it would be reasonable to finish somewhere under and hour as I had run the Tofte Trek in 56 minutes (pre - Half Voyageur).
There was more than one long climb! As a matter of fact, other than the beginning mile (if that) it was all climb (or seemed that way)! Nothing too steep, all runnable, well at least for a while. But when the grade switched from gradual to steep I walked. Then again at the water stop (love how it was labeled self-serve but there was a guy standing there handing out cups), and then near the end when the course vacillated between steep uphills and correspondingly steep downhills (I do love to run downhills ;-> )
Had enough in the tank to pick up the pace and pass a few folks coming into the finish line (the downhill at this point helped). 43:44 Another personal best at this distance??? Not sure. But it was good enough for second in my age group and a prize:
I know the announcer from my work with the Superior Hiking Trail Association Board of Directors and I think he had a lot of fun mispronouncing my name ;->
Dick Swanson staying warm and dry
The shirt is great! It is nice to venture away from white or grey and there are 30 fish running the trails (this was the 30th running of the race apparently).
Leslie was the top female finisher and won a nice mug and bowl set as well as some Swedish Fish for placing in her age group. There were a lot of runners from Thunder Bay, lending this race an international flair ;->
The sun was trying to peak out during the awards ceremony, but as you can tell from the pictures it was cool enough to stay pretty bundled up.
After the race we headed back to Duluth, stopping outside Beaver Bay for lunch. Then it was off to Ashland, Wi for me, combination of work (Mr. Wildknits had an airplane over there needing a 'switch' for the flap control mechanism) and pleasure (dinner with our eldest daughter). It rained off and on the whole trip over and the rainbows were pretty spectacular, appearing to touch down in the road at times. they were so vivid that you could see a strong band of purple on some of them. Very cool (but hard to photograph as we drove).
It ended up being a long, but satisfying day. Sunday I went out to Pike Lake and watched a lot of friends in the Brewhouse Triathlon. Impressive performances by all! Later I got in a ten mile run on the Munger Trail (paved rails to trails conversion). I am a bit tired of pavement, but need my legs to understand what Ragnar holds for them. Anyway, today it is back to dirt for me. Heading out soon for a short run on the Piedmont ski trails (and maybe an errand or two) before work.