Yesterday, I ran the Moose on the Loose 10-mile run in Nashua, NH. I ran this race the previous two summers and have enjoyed it every time. The race is always scheduled on the day before my first day of law school, so it has become a bit of a tradition. An end-of-summer, beginning of reality tradition, I guess.
The race is a 2.5 mile trail course that we run four times. It's typically low-key with a good number of participants. The course is not terribly hilly and there aren't too many roots or rocks for a trail course, so we're not constantly worried about tripping. It really is a nice race.
It was humid, though, very humid. By the end of the first lap, I had completely soaked through my shirt and shorts, and by the end, I was just dripping wet. I had to wring out my shorts and shirt before I got into the car. Yikes.
I settled in at my 8:30-9-minute pace pretty quickly and stuck to it the whole time. I finished my last lap about 2 minutes faster than the previous lap, though. I guess I was feeling good at the end. I even walked a bit on an uphill, but I still finished strong.
In the first year, I did it in 1:23. Last year, I did it closer to 1:30. This year, I did it in 1:27:48 (an 8:47 pace). I was pleased with that, but I probably would have been just as pleased with a 1:30 finish. It was a training run and I knew I wasn't going to place in any groups.
If I'm in NH next year, I'll probably run this one again.