Orienteering 4:41:00  26.0 km (10:48 / km)
Another Hudson Highlander. This was so much longer than last year, although I finished the race feeling much better than last year. That was aided by the advil that I took at the last aid station, before beginning the last loop. I get horrible back cramps when I do really long orienteering runs, and if I didn't get the painkillers I'm not sure I would have made it. It was also hotter than I expected, and at times the only thing getting me around the course was the idea of water being at the next control. I think that if the streams had water in them out in the woods, I might have actually drank out of them. I was running with a good group in the beginning, but then messed up 7 slightly and 8 pretty bad and then got lost on the trail run. So I lost a group that I felt like I could have stayed with for much longer. Then on the long leg from 16 to 17 I somehow managed to get my map turned upsidedown. So I was going in the complete opposite direction for about 15 minutes before I noticed it and paniced. I was so completely lost then and it took awhile of treking through the woods on my compass to finally figure out where I was. Luckily right when I was getting back on track I saw Ross, which boosted my confidence. The last map went well once the many cups of water, electrolyte caps, sports drink, and advil kicked in :) Next year, I'm doing more back exercises, and bring more goo and advil. Also, I'm going to look more at my running style and see if that is what is causing horrible back pains.