Jeff, Tegan, and Paul (left to right)
Date: Saturday, January 23, 2010
Pace: 6:08 mpm
2010 is the year of the tiger, so my good friends at Bull City Running, Kim and Jason Page, hosted their first ever “Fun Run.” Both a 4-mile a 10K race were held on a section of the American Tobacco Trail, beginning near the store in Durham county, and heading South toward my neck of the woods. Thus, I’ve run on this section of the trail numerous times. Given all of the recent rain, the trail this day was particularly muddy.
The race began promptly at 8:30, and there were over 100 participants. Two local elite runners, Erik and Ulfe, led the race from the start, and finished in 1st and 2nd places, respectively. Another runner was initially in third place, but he fell apart after about a mile or so, and I passed him. The eventual 4th place finisher, Brendan (Jason’s brother-in-law) caught up with both of us, and stayed with me for about a quarter of a mile. I then dropped him like a bag of bricks. (Readers, do note that I know Brendan, and plan on further belittling him the next time we meet.) Again, the first and last 1.75 miles were particularly muddy, and I turned my ankles numerous times. I ran on the paved portion of the course when the trail entered Chatham county, through the turnaround, and (of course) until the trail once again returned to Durham county. The bridge in Chatham county was very icy and slippery, and I had to slow down significantly, on both the out and back, so as not to fall. I made sure to warn runners that were heading toward the bridge that it was indeed slippery, and to be extra cautious. I’m just that kind of guy. (Unlike Brendan.)
Jeff and Tegan ran the 4-mile race. I caught up with and passed Tegan just before the finish. Jeff finished just ahead of me! Neither were wearing trail shoes.
I wore La Sportiva Crosslite (http://sportiva.com/products/prod/531) shoes, 2XU compression shorts, shirt, sleeves, hat, gloves (with hand warmers), and 2XU racing socks (http://www.2xu.com/compression/ua1368e.html). I am very, very disappointed in the socks, as they fell down shortly after the race began. I know I’m thin, but I would expect that size XS would stay up. I certainly won’t wear them during any other race.
Bull City Running hosted a get-together at the store, and provided bananas, oranges, donuts, and coffee. I encourage loyal local readers to support the store (http://www.bullcityrunning.com/)! If you happen to see Jason’s brother-in-law, Brendan, while you’re there, tell him I said “hello!” Then be sure to tell him that yours truly dropped him, you know, like a bag of bricks.