My route from yesterday's Green course on RouteGadget
A few recollections before I forget --
Going up to #1, across to #2, and leaving #10 I was slipping a lot, combination of the slopes and the beech leaves on the ground. In general traction was poor, those were just the worst places. Some proper O' shoes would surely be better than the road running shoes I was wearing.
The mistake at #3 was worse than I had thought. My instincts must be rusty. I was telling myself something was wrong and I'd gone too far long before I acted on them.
As I told Jon afterwards, it took some real balls to put #6 where he did. Not easy to be sure it's the right place. On the other hand, I suppose, also not easy for anyone else to think it's the wrong place. I was getting quite nervous the last 100 meters, even though I knew I must be doing it right.
The most fun was #7 and #8. Reading the shelfs was pretty easy, but you sure didn't want to make a mistake and think you were a shelf higher or lower than you actually were. Distance was trickier to judge, depending on judging what was what as far as rock features and contour squiggles. I did #7 just right, a good plan to lessen the chance for error.
Not so for #8. I was off on where I thought I was when I dropped down to the last shelf, thought I still had 50-75 meters to go when I was already there. Got down to the shelf, looked around and there was a knoll (clue was a cliff on the back side of a small knoll). Better check it out. Did a full loop around it just in case the control as tucked at the south end. Nothing. Back up to where I was. A careful look at the map, ah, there are two knolls, both with cliffs on the back side, control is at the northern one. Looked up, there was the second one right in front of me. Took a few steps, there was the control. Probably could have seen it a minute earlier if I'd been looking around properly. Another skill that is rusty.
I ran a good bit (for me), certainly more than any time is my new running career. On the trail the first half of the way to #1 (and a miserable rocky trail it was). Maybe 80% of the road/trail section going to #7, ditto the road to #9, ditto the road to #10. And all of the road to the finish. Seems my butt is a little better, I can go for a little longer if it is flat/downhill. Uphill I run out of gas very quickly. In the woods, ran occasional little bits when it was flat or gently down and the woods were clean.
And while running I stuck to my rule of never looking at my map and never looking around, just at where my feet were going, since priority one was no falls. Successful on that. And on the last part to the finish, gently downhill, I resisted all urges to run a little faster. My experience too often in the past is that that leads to bad things.
That will be it for O' for this year, but I have done more than I expected, and certainly enjoyed it more than I expected.