For my third year at this event I opted to run the 25k distance. Previous two years I ran the 10k. Here is last years photos report. This year I was accompanied by my friend Adam who ran the 10k. As you can see in my last year pictures I wore shorts and had forgotten gloves, so I was rather cold and under prepared. This year I was going to be better prepared. I began by picking up a Airhole face mask, which was light enough that it worked well for running. Although I found I was warm enough with out it about 4k into the race. Next I acquired some super-light, nice race snowshoes from Northern Lites. These shoes were awesome and delivered to me expectations. I noticed a few other competitors rocking the Northern Lites, in fact at one point there were three of us in a row, all in the top five positions wearing them, go team!
My big mistakes were, one, not wearing waterproof shoes and /or gaiters. I knew this would be an issue and I thought I had prepared well, by brining two pairs of running shoes and three pairs of socks. But alas my feet were wet about 75% of the race. It was good to have gloves however and pants to keep my legs warm. The only other thing I would have done different is to get more calories at the aid stations, I think I kept my self just under the level I needed to be at to keep going strong.
As for the race itself, the course consist of a 10k loop and a brutal 5k loop, so for the 25k I did one 10, one 5 and a final 10. I likely pushed to hard on the first 10k as I was around a top five finisher of that. Then the 5k was a punishing climb (I forget the elevation). I enjoyed the chance to chat with a fellow competitor up the climb.
I have to give mad props to the marathon and 50k runners, I felt so out of shape I could not have gone another 10ft further then the 25k distance. A couple of dudes doing the 50k helped me pull through my last 10, so thanks to them. I look forward to next year where I plan to compete much better.
August 7th I set a goal of spending at least 20 minutes a day, (often it was closer to 30 minutes) drawing a picture of a runner. November 13th I drew #100. Above is a collection of a few. It was a fun exercise and it is easy to see how the approximately 41 hours spent have improved my drawing ability. For the majority of the drawings I used my Cintiq Wacom, super fun. Although I have to say the tactile feel and great level of control from paper is easier and more accurate, just not instantly digital. Of course the Wacom is great for erasing, scaling, moving, copying, coloring and on and on.
My new goal is to spend the same amount of time but focus more on creating a more definitive style. Although I am going to give myself one weekday off, like Sunday. Hopefully I will have something good to show.
Some sweet action photos Emily took from the 10k Gib Wallace Trail Run (part of the N.U.T.S. Series) I did this morning. It was excellent weather, (a bit on the warm side) super-excellent marked, some dang good elevation (1100ft), great atmosphere and support plus I picked up some sweet schwag.
And I was pleased with my time 0:50:45 (or there abouts) and placed 5th - woot!