Blue Hills Traverse. A good run, though I got awful tired the last 30 minutes or so.
Had the distinct pleasure of beating William (aka "feet" these days) to the first control (thanks, Joe for leading the way while others were higher up and to the west). And then a repeated distinct pleasure to beat William, again just barely, to #5. When I inquired what he'd been doing to be as slow as I was, he muttered something about not being able to remember the last time he had missed 5 controls in a row.
Saw quite a bit of Pavlina (who is getting faster!) and Samantha (ditto!) and Ross (who is getting slower now that he a real job) and Joe B (who claimed to be tired from some unexplained activities the night before that I assume involved an excess of booze) and John F (who came trotting by on the way to 8, saying he was "just chilling" when I asked why he was going so slow, and came by again on the way to 23 and very kindly offered to escort me in but I sent him on his way, though it must have frazzled me in some way because I blew the last 2 controls and finished 3 minutes after him) and even a glimpse of Ernst and Tim Parson (the right kind of glimpse, they were heading into 16 while I was on my way out, the roughly 6 minutes I had for an advantage being just enough to hold them off at the end).
A nice social run in other words. And one of my better ones in recent years, though I would have been happier if 15 had been the last control and the finish had been at the ski lodge. That way my energy and the course would have expired at roughly the same time.