BG #33 - rained on & off over night, hard in the early AM as we were contemplating the Great Out-of-doors & what it was providing us - rain all but stopped a bit before start time. I'd call this a B run - visibility got to me on several occasions. And the eyes are the brain's windows.
#1 & 2 were mostly follow, look at map a bit. Had decided to skip #14, never took time to look at all 36 legs - 14 looked good enough.
#3 & 4 began to navigate
#5 had decided I'd keep splits on 305 for an exercise; stopped to get water & recall pressing the watch but did I e-punch....? Plagued me for much of the rest of the way...wasn't going back, even when I first asked myself
6, 7, 8 one or two unknown runners in sight ahead
9 getting to be on my own for a short white
10 went by the three pools, down the reent, left on path - a group of maybe 4 kept on going on the path as if they were going somewhere else! That was cause for pause but cont'd round the green marsh, contours not yet providing reassurance - finally a spur &,yes, the reent, looking-marsh flat ahead, a rocky knoll & cp
12 believe this was where I saw Jeff Saeger
13 saw Glen leaving this, maybe 2' ahead - huge boulder!; saw Pavlina as I was leaving
15 caught up to a lg gp by doing so; Angelica Riley asked me if I'd skipped like I'd had better had! Ernst, TP & others as well
16 & 17 keeping with this rather lg gp
18 noted TP taking a bit of a short cut & when we got to swamp, maybe 4 othrers just ahead having taking a bit of longer rte
thru 22 controls where I could see Alex J and Becky C a bit ahead, running tandem. Could not catch. JJ at 21/2
Approaching 23, I thot the refreshment tent was at 19/27, so I figured I had to go another 125m south but something was computing - went bk, looked at code & I was where I was supposed to be - phew!
19/27 saw Phil & Charlie but did not consider they were at 19!
28 by far, the worst, vis got to me. First left 90 deg wrong way - sorted that out before 100m wasted; then misreading of walls, never saw the green uncross marsh, came to expected path but where. Nothing really helping but finally marsh on right, stream exiting across path - should be on map! but was nearly 300m fm where I expected to be! finally noted 2 bldrs in the marsh, was sure where I was. Got to cp vicinity in mt laurel, did not find, wasted another 90" (alone, leaving heard 2 voices)
31 mostly alone saw a fellow I'd seen earlier but he disappeared so alone again, but got it no problem
32 alone but saw color as I stood on top of spur thinking "down/over there?"
33 long trail run, ponds in fog. Leaving 33, heard someone behind...was Pavlina! Across road to 34, felt a bit of a rt thigh cramp, she disappeared in green & mist
34 3/4ths way there who should appear but Jeff, moving faster. Got to trail with him but he was gone
Finally the finish! Did not know how I had done. Being alone a lot made me wonder. Seeing Charlie & Phil at "27" made me wonder even more - later learned C was having big vision problems, PB hamstring problems. When Pavlina and Jeff showed late, that helped.
Really pleased my own hamstring (right this year) held up. Was worried before the start as it has been noisy all spring .
Was a really nice course/map, forest (another fairy land) & meet in general. Great job by WCOC; the refreshment station well in the woods with tent took a lot of hauling. Not sure how the 305 knew my heart rate w/o monitor.
Very nice time visiting with Steve, Betsy & Ernst...hours for chatting!
"Can we go home?"