As with every race, I am hoping for a PR! The week leading up to the race was a normal training with no tapering before the race. With the 15k the last weekend and now the trail run, my legs were sure to be screaming by the end. My times from 2010 and 2011 were 34:31 and 31:57 respectively.
The morning started off cooler than expected. The race didn't start till 10am, but the clouds stayed around and it was in the mid 30s. It makes for great running weather, you just have to stay warm before the start. Since, I've run this course numerous times, I knew the key was to stay in control the first lap and increase the pace on the second. We all line up for the start at the entrance to the park and the gun goes off and 33 people are out running! Video is below.
The key I've found to trail running is that even if you want to start off slower. It can be good to get out front that way you are behind people that could be slower than you. Most of the Cadron Trail run is on single track which can make it hard to pass.
|Just starting out|
By this time, I had two people in front on me and was going to make the pass before the second lap began.
|Starting second lap/Two people to pass|
I was able to finish the race in 31:44 which ended up being a PR for this race. I was a nice surprise! I finished 7/33 OA and 2nd in my age group. It was again a great run put on by DLT Events and will hopefully be back next year.