Trail Run warm up/down 31:26  3.1 mi (10:08 / mi) +11m 10:02 / mi
Up to Merrimack with Alex for a trail run. Back still hurting, but gobbled Vitamin (800 mg) which seemed to stave it off. Out for a slow warm-up with Alex. Very muddy at the start, and then everything else that we ran looked pretty fine.
Trail Run race 1:11:16  9.4 mi (7:35 / mi) +215m 7:05 / mi
Trail race! This race is always fun, low key, with the best RD around, comedy-wise (and accent-wise). I went out in the scrum but avoided the mud pit at the start, in order to keep my feet dry-ish. Jumped across the river and was just off the back of the pack, so I burned matches to catch up, when it of course was breaking apart.
I ran well, 7s or so, until we got to the hills, and the hills yesterday (more than the back) didn't cooperate, so there was a bit of walking. I passed some people, and got passed by others, and wound up in no man's land for the run back.
The run back was a bit flatter, and din't have the eroded thing down from the powerlines, so it was quite nice. Once over the hills I had sightlines to see competitors ahead. First I saw someone about 100m ahead: 20 seconds on the watch. Then I saw him again 12 seconds ahead. Then I passed him, and he didn't hang on, so I went to catch the next rabbit. He was struggling, and I passed him easily. I saw people at the end of the field when I got on to it, but had no chance of reeling them in over the last half mile. 9th overall, relatively small race this year it seems, but I felt good, was L3 pretty much the whole way, and dialed in a 6:40 mile near the end, so that's all good.
Trail Run warm up/down 17:17  1.4 mi (12:21 / mi) +14m 11:58 / mi
Cool down with Alex. Then I won a bottle of win in the best raffle ever.