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Hebron Trail 10k Challenge Today

Sunday, June 17, 2012

I got a cool toy from Woot.com. It's a Toshiba Camileo B10 camera and I am trying it out as my race cam. I still have my hat cam and I may use both, because to take a video with this Toshiba and run is a bit clumsy. Butit was a good one to have to record an immediate after race report. I just need to work on the aim.

I was up early because in spite of the 9:00 start time, somehow I thought they wanted us there at 7:00. I got there at 7:00 and there was no one there. Hmmm. No biggie. I got my bib and goody back and went back to the car and listened to the radio for the next hour.

As it happens, I had bib #3. I never signed up for a race that early before. Cool.

Ok. Here's the story. The first 3/4 mile was on bike path and street ... asphalt. We made the turn onto the trail and as I looked down to make sure of my footing on the changed surface, I heard someone warn "Watch your heads on that low branch." So I looked up and I hit the low branch with my forehead. Ouch! If I'd kept looking down (a) I would likely not have hit the branch and (b) I would have seen the stone that I tripped on.

As I was going down, I did my best to not go down, to no avail. It was fortunately soft grass. But I saw something that my brain interpreted as a fire hydrant coming at my face. So I did a roll away to avoid that and did not get actually hurt. When I go up, I looked for the fire hydrant and all I saw was the cut off end of a downed tree. I suppose it would have done as much damage as the fire hydrant that wasn't there.

Weird, how the brain works.

As it progressed, the run was very pretty, but tough, over some very steep hills. There was a long stretch along the Patapsco River.

As I passed the one hour mark, I was hungry and I dipped into my Clif bar. Usually I avoid those, but this time, I was empty enough that it really helped.

I finally crossed the finish line at 1:12:35. Since it was my first trail 10k, it is by default a PR for trail 10k races.

I would do something like this again.

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