Fun time. I had almost no issues, just some mild lower calf cramping. That’s to be expected though. I found a bit of boost at the end which was nice. Chard was Chard which means he had tons of energy left at the end.
I still have the Rogue River Trail to do. I think I’ll be adding the Timberline Trail that goes around Mt. Hood. There are a lot of different routes available for that one.
I will be starting a new job in Hillsboro on April 6th so I’ve got some time to fit in a fun run. I’ve decided to run the entire Wildwood in a few days. It’s 30 or so miles in Forest Park. I figure I can maintain an 11 minute pace so it’ll take me about 5 to 6 and a half hours, maybe? Either way I’ll start sometime in the late morning, get done in the mid afternoon. Chard will be with me so it’ll be a good time.
Not a great performance this time around. The 2018 Spring Fling was both my slowest time and lowest finish for this event. I’m attributing that to my new job and my lack of training in 2018.
My time was 2 hours and 9 minutes, my slowest by over 10 minutes. I got 24th overall, 5th in my age group. So not a good showing for me.
On the plus side I had a great time cheering on the ladies. The overall female winner, Lindsey Ulrich, passed me with about 4 miles left and I let her know she was in the lead. She didn’t believe me, she said. With about 3 miles left, and on the last uphill climb when I was pushing through calf cramps, the 2nd place female, Cassi Anderson, caught up to me. I let her know she was in 2nd and only about 2 minutes behind Lindsey. When we crested the hill and began the descent on Bailout I caught back up with Cassi her and told her to keep up. “Lengthen your stride, try to cover more ground with each step” I told her.
I decided to try pounding out my calf cramps by hitting the downhill trails hard. It didn’t really work but it was still pretty fun. I stayed ahead of Cassi for all of the downhill section but she caught me on the final flat section before the finish. She beat me by 3 seconds. The more important thing was she held onto 2nd place by 10 seconds. She thanked me after the race. I’m super glad I could help her out.
Overall I had a great time even though my performance was lackluster. I’ll definitely be back for Hell of the Northwest in October. I hope to see more people out there!
Next race will most likely be the Lost Creek 50k out in Trail in Southern Oregon. I may squeeze in another half before that.