Friday, December 20, 2013

2013 Race Recap part III

Check out part I and part II of this series.

June 22 - Skirtchaser 5k - 28:52 - I paced one of my soccer friends who was hoping to break 30 minutes. It's definitely an interesting concept for a race - the women start, then 3 minutes later the men start. More often than not, there's a woman as the overall winner!

July 4 - Spectacular 4-miler - 39:40 - My goal for this race was to break 40 minutes. I might do this one again next year - it's fun to kick off a holiday with a run before diving into tons of food & laziness the rest of the day.

July 11 - The Bear 5 mile run - 1:05:05 - This was the second year I've done the Bear and I actually ran it faster last year when I could only see about 100 feet in front of me. This year, I could see how much more of the mountain I had to climb! For those of you who don't know about the Bear, it is the kick-off to the Highland Games at Grandfather Mountain in Linville, NC. You start at the town of Linville and run to the top of Grandfather Mountain - an elevation gain of 1541' in 5 miles. If you've ever watched Forrest Gump and remember the switchbacks he runs up a mountain - it's the same mountain. I will do this again in 2014 and my goal is still to break 1 hour. Below is a comparison in the conditions between 2012 and 2013 - definitely a world of difference!

Check back next Friday for another race recap.

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