The weekend wouldn't be complete without a race so I surfed the web a bit and found 2 races: a 5K on Saturday morning in a town called Guilford and a half marathon a little further away on Sunday. I've got an itch for a longer race but a few factors made this a no contest for just the 5K. Four days earlier, I crashed while mountain biking so I had mostly soreness in my shoulders after the fall took me over my handlebars and into a brief handstand on the trail before collapsing into myself in a heap of bad mountain biker. Fortunately, it wasn't too severe and there's only lingering pain in my upper body and it shouldn't hurt my running much. Also factoring into the decision was some remaining pain from a bruised tailbone, unrelated to but slightly worsened from the crash and I really hadn't run much in the weeks prior. I took the first 2 weeks in June off/easy after Bear Creek and really hadn't logged much training the latter half of the month. A 5K would be a perfect distance to enjoy a morning run in rural VT and assess damage and some of my running fitness.
After breakfast, we made our way to the town of Guilford, about 45 minutes away from where we stayed at Mount Snow. After the GPS tried to take us off pavement and down what I hesitate to call roads, we backtracked and still made it with lots of time to register and explore.
|I had to scope out the road the GPS suggested we take|
|Even the Vermonters said don't trust your GPS|
|The entire race field. About 25 total ran.|
|Off we go|
|The finish chute. I love simple races!|
|Two happy finishers.|