"Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it's all about."

-PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian

domenica 4 marzo 2012

Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Marathon MD

This morning, as a long run in preparation for Boston, I run the Seneca Creek Greenway Trail Marathon.
This race (and its bigger sister, the 50k) is a point to point trail race will begin at Damascus Regional Park in Damascus and will end at Riley's Lock on the Potomac River.

During the lasts years the trails have change a bit and this year the race used some of the new State trails. This means that the distances were slightly (...) longer than in previous years. Actually, the marathon was a 30 mile (my Garmin measured approx 48.9 Km).

Overall it was fun, the course is over 95% single track dirt trails, included water crossings and due to last night rain it was muddy, sloppy and slippery (... i slipped twice...).

I'm happy to say that Race director Ed Schultze did a great job and the volunteers on the course were outstanding! Trust me, for $20 ($10 is you're a MCRRC member) it's a deal!

The first 5 miles were generally downhill, and a part from of a couple of road crossings there was no asphalt all day (actually we even had to wade a stream with ropes dangling across the water for very slight guidance).
Some hills showed up around mile 20, and the last 2 miles were probably the toughest (with streams to cross and stairs to climb).

Pics and results will be posted as soon as available.

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