Was planning on just going for an easy run this AM, but Scott commented on my Facebook page after Cidermill if they'd see me at Breakneck - I had forgotten it was this weekend so decided to wander up there to get my long run in.
Foggy and 60's upon arrival, opted for the contacts as I suspect my glasses would have fogged and been useless. Went off course right off the bat as I missed a quick turn and followed a couple other folks who obviously didn't know the course - quickly back on track but running in the back of the pack - not such a bad spot actually.
4.2 miles out on the ridge trail I gradually passed folks eventually catching Ed Alibozek near the north end of Breakneck pond. Runners were allowed to go either direction around the pond and I went with Ed CW heading down the east side first. Appears most runners went the other way. Moved ahead and set my sights on the next person ahead - Amy Lane - daughter of Pete Lane who runs many of the NEOC scout O's - we chatted a while and she said she had done quite a bit of O when younger, but had a disastrous outing at the Nickerson A-meet and hasn't been back out since. We ran together for a few miles as she seemed to think we were on a 2 hour pace, though I thought we were more likely in the 2:15-2:20 range. About a half mile up the west side she zigged when she should have zagged and slipped on a muddy side slope, I skampered past but expected her to rejoin shortly, after a couple minutes she did not reappear and I was just cruising solo passing runners coming the other way on a CCW loop. Decided to push a bit and see if I could go under 2 hours - running felt really fine, legs were a bit sore from Saturdays 5K, but the cardio and such felt fine. Got into a really fine groove running many of the uphills and only walking the steep stuff.
All alone on the 4.2 mile return on the Ridge Trail and pushed hard as I approached the 2 hour mark, not sure how far off the finish was. 2 hours came and went and I backed off the pace a little bit - just cruising comfortably. A while later Farmer Ed came cruising up behind me and I started to step aside to let him pass and he said the finish was right over the next hill and he wasn't going to pass. Knowing the end was near, I gunned it up and over and into the finish.
A fine run, saw a lot of folks I hadn't seen in a while and quite happy with 11th place (of 75) in just over 2 hours. But legs WILL be sore tomorrow.... Bruce wants me to join him for a 20 miler in the morning, but I don't think so... not this time...
4 down, 21 to go