The French park trail run, 3.1 miles, was tough. The race began with a 1/4 mile sprint downhill through mowed grass and mole hills before entering the woods. The strategy in this run was to be conservative early on, then kick into gear the last mile or so. Needless to say, the initial downhill got me a little excited and I pushed too hard early on. I paid the price, as the last 1/2 mile was uphill. Ouch, I didn't see that coming! Anyway, I finished in 28:25 on a warm, muggy morning, though I have to admit, the trails were awesome.
The IT band takes a hit from these event, but if I keep on the roller, it helps!
The last event in this series is in July 19th for a 5.6 mile race through some cool East Fork Lake trails, followed by a brunch. Going to be a great time...the trails are addicting.