From the Back of the Pack
I might always be in the back of the running pack, but I'm addicted to it! When I miss more than a day it affects my energy, attitude, and the rest of life in general! I have had a lot of "character" building runs in the deep snow, extreme nose hair freezing cold, ankle high rain, and gale force winds over the past twenty five years and find some of those days to be the most peaceful rewarding outings of all! I'm one of those runners who is slow and steady, but goes forever and ever without ever getting tired.
September 19, 2009: Walker
My first half in a long time ...was today at Walker...running with a hamstring tear restricted my pace to 11-13's after starting out too fast...my time is nothing special...however two of our Duluthian's did awesome!
In the men's full Jonas was moving quickly and finished in 2nd place overall with a time of 3:07, almost 7 minutes behind the first place man who claims he has not run much lately, yet he was flying! Jonas had a great lead on the 3rd place male too of 7 or 8 minutes! On the women's side, Leslie finished in 3:24, putting her in first place for the female marathon, she also came flying by me and I believe the next female was 3:41! Way to represent Duluth!!
It was a very hot, humid day up there, 75', sunny, and 80% humidity, something us Duluthians have experienced very little of so that was a challenge! I had heard about all the hills and how this was a trail run and compared to what we run on around here, there were very little of either! The half started on the paved bike trail and was basically in the sun for most of the first 4 miles, then we got to go into the heavenly woods for about 4 or 5 miles, during which time an aide station was missing...that kinda messed Jonas's hydration plan up but Leslie was carrying her own beverage. After the woods, we went onto a dirt road which was sun and shade for awhile, then we were on the road for like the last mile or two and it ended on an uphill into the track area. The people in the full who went over 5 hours were hot!
A new runner in Duluth, Tyler B. placed 5th overall in the half with a time of 1:34...he won his age group too! Rick B. did the full, Paul, Steve H. and a few more did the full and half from the area.
Ice cream is the superfood - twinkies was a close guess
Any flavor will do - I have to say my favorite is Jilbert's amaretto cherry Macinac Island fudge - may only be available in the UP, so its really a rare treat!