Mike had the brilliant idea to ask Mike Shifman to set courses for us at the Riverfront Park. Nice to have a different set of eyes on the map, and to feel like it's a race on a new course.
It was a nice day to be out in these flat and open-ish woods. I struggled a bit physically in the downed stuff. And had mental struggles when I was stressed or tired.
I passed some hikers with an off-leash dog as I approached 4, which got my HR up and distracted me. I was counting hilltops and knew I was at the second one and had to keep going to the 3rd. But I was flustered by the dog and the unmapped ditch that gets me _every time_ I'm out here. When will I learn?
Should have paid more attention on 6 and stayed in the grass longer. Although the grass is not as fun as it looks on the map. It is mowed, but it contains lots of stubble and tough stuff, so it's actually rough running and I trip often.
Bad route choice to 10, missed 11, and went out of my way on 14 to avoid another dog. I saw Mike at 14 (he had come back to wait for me) so I pushed hard from then on to look like I was actually running in the woods.
I was tired after this run. Good way to feel after a planned hard training week.