|Part of the 13K trail loop for the Thom B 13K, 26K, & 52K in Western NYS.|
This year's racing season has gotten off to a slow start. Originally I was scheduled to race the Hawkeye 25K back in April, but couldn't due to the fact that I was in New York State at the time interviewing for a new job. So, while continuing to look for a new job as well as a new home for my family and I, I have had the opportunity to meet up with some of the local trailrunners in the Rochester, NY, area, especially through trailsroc.org. One of them, Anne, is also a friend of mine on Twitter. So, back on May 14, we carpooled along with a friend of hers, Shari, our driver as well, and headed down to Hammond Hill State Forest to run the Thom Bugliosi trail races, aka, the Thom B Trail Runs. On offer was a 13K loop, which you could race once, twice, or four times. The 52K started awhile before us, but the 26K & 13K runners started together that morning. Anne and Shari were running the 26K, but I decided to elect for just the 13K since my training had been somewhat all over the place in recent weeks. Much of this course takes in the Finger Lakes Trail, a well known trail system in the area.
|Heading out of a beautiful stretch of pines and into the sun on the Thom B course.|
|Anne coming off the trails to start her second 13K loop.|
I had the good fortune of running behind one of the race directors for a while who was running herself with Margaret Webb, author of Older, Faster, Stronger: What Women Runners Can Teach Us All About Living Younger, Longer. I say good fortune, because I think I would have missed an important right hand turn about 8K in or so that I believe others did miss. This stretch was a bit of route finding at times as it went over little streams and under trees. Definitely worth having the Co-RD in front of you!
|Shari coming around to start her second 13K loop just a few minutes behind Anne.|
|A group shot before the start, from L to R, Brad, Shari, Anne.|