Monday, June 13, 2016
It was my first time doing this race, and I ran in the timed 10k on Sunday June 5th(Meadow ran the open 5k). Aside from a minor strain/tear of my calf about 1.5 miles in I did about as well as I expected. I finished in 56:29 (I wanted to break 55, but more on that in a bit) placed 18th overall and won my age group. There was about 20 obstacles over 6.5+ miles and about 500 ft of elevation gain. My goal was to break 55 minutes, but that was when I thought it was a 10k, my watch said 6.9 on completion, but it's not always correct. There were a couple loops for the heavy carries and a steep climb loop that they say adds a 1/4 mile, so I figure somewhere between 6.5-6.9 miles. The obstacles were all variations on climb over, climb under, heavy carries, and mud. None were particularly challenging. The biggest problem was I had no 5th gear after straining my calf. Overall I did what I set out to do, run a race during a long break between Spartan races and win my age group.