It's been a while since we've done a trail race which is a shame. Making the race a nighttime trail run made it pretty awesome. We had to miss last year's race for a wedding or some other nonsense but Ghouls and Fools is a great time. It would be the first of three 10K's in 15 days.
My best time for the G&F 10K was 1:04:35. I only wanted to beat an hour and have fun. We made sure we were going to have fun and bring costumes into the mix. I was considering a few options but went with a Viking. Kristen was a lovable Hooter's Girl spin-off of my own: a Scooter's Girl.
Time for business and we started off into the dark woods, always an awesome sight watching the snaking queue of running conga winding through the woods. something I didn't bother to try to take a picture of because you should go out and see that for yourself! And it likely would've been a terrible picture.
A minor change in the course just prior to the race inserted a lollipop loop pretty early on that created a tiny bit of confusion. Some packs of runners went left at the loop, some went right. I followed the guys ahead of me and we went clockwise, encountering other packs that went the other way. For most of the mile loop, there was a good amount of time spent dodging runners going the opposite direction on single-track. Before long, that was over and we were onto the rest of the course and some brutal climbs. I left my Garmin plugged in the wall at home so I don't have the profile or any normal race data I get to geek out on. Tough cookies, this time.
I managed to finish in 1:01 and 31st overall which was good enough for me to enjoy a beer and wait around to collect my award.
|I never really noticed how much bridges arch until driving across on our way to start this race...|