I recently ran the Moose on the Loose 10 Mile run for the second time. The first time I ran this was a year ago after I landed in Concord. I really enjoyed the modified trail run (just before I dislocated my shoulder on another trail run last year), so I figured I'd give it another try this year. The race didn't disappoint.
For a trail run, there are very few roots and rocks, and the trail is extremely smooth. There was some sand and mud, but it was nothing like the trail race I did about a month ago. There were few uphills and few downhills and we ran past rivers and through the woods, though we never did make it to grandmother's house.
Since I'm really in training for the 48 Miles in 48 Hours run, I decided to use this as a training run more than a competition. I stayed right around 8:45-9 minute miles which was fine with me. I picked it up a bit at the end, but not by too much.
It was a 2.5 mile course that we did 4 times. That's not exactly the most exciting way to do things, but you go with what you've got. I finished in 1:27:45 (an 8:56 pace). I finished last year's race in 1:21:54 but that's because I pushed myself like crazy during the last lap. I wasn't feeling a need to do that this year.
PR? Nah. Do I care? Not really.