Orienteering race (Foot) 1:24:04  9.5 km (8:51 / km) +250m 7:49 / km
QOC: Lake Needwood, MD. I ran steady with only within-the-circle bobbles. I just wasn't in very good shape. Still, I was happy that I ran as well as I had. Not making errors helps as did my familiarity with the park; I had mapped it. Had I known Ted Good's time was only 15 seconds ahead of my time, I would have pushed the run-in harder.
On the course, I ran up the parking lot toward #1 and almost ran into a car that was backing out while I was reading the map. At #1, I rounded the fallen tree on the south side, instead of running right up to it from the trail so there's a couple of seconds missed. The first part of the course was so simple, it was more like running cross country. The local high schools and MCRRC run cross country races here.
I punched at #5 but paused a while thinking something was wrong when the code didn't match-up. I was thinking that I was at #4.
I hit #6 and #7 pretty well, using the trail bend to the south to attack north from to #6. I went low to #8 and walked up the hill at the end--glad to see that someone had used the little cliff that I'd mapped.
I stayed high leaving #8 but thought about going low. I had to correct a little at the end on #9.
I probably lost the most time on leg #10 by dropping low. I figured the running would be better--it wasn't, and the callus on my right foot hurt running sidehill most of the race so far. The leg was too short to go low, and I walked up the reentrant at the end.
I ran trails efficiently to #11 and #12 though I paused for #12 expecting it to be much lower and not seeing it for a while. I dropped low again for #13, coming in off the spillway field. I misread the control feature for #14, pausing at the rocks and trail instead of looking just beyond at the spur. There was basically no water there, a consequence of a lot of people, little water, and starting late. I literally got a couple of drops before leaving.
My run to #15 was my next worse bobble. Once over the dam, I descended a little, zigged across the reentrant, then dropped all the way down instead of contouring over. I was just thinking it was farther ahead and I ran about 10m past what would have been the right place to climb again. Heidi Onkst was going to the same reentrant control on the steep hillside from above and that looked much more precarious.
I ran and walked right to #16 by keeping an eye for the hilltop to my left. I stayed high for a while going to #17 but I didn't want to attempt crossing the high grass on the landfill hillside. I passed the fenced area just to the south, then walked up the road. Going to #18, I was surprised at how difficult it was to see the intermittent trail--an old road bed. I think the dryness obscured it. I ran to the cairn at the bend, then to the next cairn just NW of the control to spike #18.
I was not very fast descending when leaving #18. I angled my way down. Going straight down might have been faster but my angled path did put me right at the rocks that let me cross Rock Creek staying dry. I didn't have a lot of energy but wasn't feeling too bad. Control #19 was super easy. I did have energy to run faster on the run-in as I had in Scotland over the summer but I didn't, consciously not wanting to risk injury like at Greenbelt earlier.
It was fun to run and enjoy.