Saturday turned out to be a pretty good day for the DINO 15k at Town Run Park. Maybe a little too humid but not too hot. The trail was a little slick in spots, but very little standing water and no shoe sucking mud. I started out way too fast and by mile 2 was slowing and being passed by a number of other runners. I managed to hang on and recovered so for the last three miles or so I started to speed up a little and felt pretty strong to the finish. I even managed to hang on to 3rd place in my age group. It was a weird race because from about mile 4 to the finish no one passed me and I did not pass anyone. As a matter of fact except for where trail loops passed near each other I never saw anyone ahead or behind me. I even stopped to pee at about mile 5 and no one passed me while I was stopped. At the finish line I was almost two minutes behind the runner ahead of me and about a minute ahead of the one behind me.
Dino series races aren’t known for the post race food, but this time they had a large supply of Kolaches from the Kolache Factory. I think I had three, a cream cheese, sausage and cheese, and cinnamon twist. Very good. Next DINO series is October 11th at SouthWestway Park.
Coming up this Saturday is the 1st Annual Low Gap FatAss 50k. Tom and I are going to run the Low Gap Loop three times. That’s the plan at least. It will probably just be the two of us, but you have to start somewhere. Besides it would probably be breaking all kinds of park rules to have an organized race without getting all kinds of permits and permissions etc. Anyway, we’ll be starting around 7:45 or so. Maybe next time I’ll actually invite others and make it a semi big deal.