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Saturday, May 30, 2009

Lost on the Stone Cat course

Erik and I headed down to Ipswich, MA this morning to return 4 empty kegs of Ipswich Ale that was served at the PFTC last weekend and to go for a run on the Stone Cat course. Both of us have run both the 50 miler and marathon versions of the Stone Cat trail races so we expected to be able to find our way around the course without too much trouble. It turns out that things look very different this time of year (race is held in November) and when there aren't any course markings it gets a little more difficult to follow the course.

Luckily we didn't have to go through the swamp.

We made it to the location of Al Cat's Lounge around mile 4 of the course without any trouble, we hit the single-track that immediately follows but shortly thereafter we went wrong. After about 1.5 miles of wrongness we got back on course and made it to the location of Fast Fred's Cafe around mile 8.

We screwed up again and went way, way off course. The trails were still great for running but we knew we were off course and after a little back and forth and running in circles we decided just to head back in the general direction of the start/finish.

Eventually the trail started to look familiar and we knew we were back on course. We ran the last 2 miles correctly and ended up with a run that was just a little bit longer than the 12.5 miles of the real course.

We almost trampled a couple of big frogs on the trail but luckily didn't scare them off and I was able to get this picture. They were amazingly camouflaged so I tweaked the photo.

Coming down the final stretch to the finish.

Below is the route we ran (red) overlaid on the actual race course (cyan) from when I did the marathon last year. We really screwed it up, but it was a fun run all the same.

time: 2:15:06
distance: 12.7 miles
pace: 10:38

weather: high 60's to low 70's, clear sky

conditions: generally dry with only a few puddles, trails in great shape

gear: Inov-8 Roclite 295, Wright Socks, shorts, t-shirt, hat, Nathan HPL #20


Aurora said...

Wow, you really were off course! But it's the fun that counts, right?

pathfinder said...

How do you find time to do all you do and still tweak photos? Looks like a great run and a good day for it.

Blaine Moore said...

Just because you weren't on course doesn't mean it wasn't worth running - looks like a ton of fun!

I did not get a single run in this weekend. In fact, this evening I plan on running further than I ran all of last week.