After running the SRTRun/Hike just the week before I was looking forward to getting back out on the trails. I had lived a week with "my demons" that I picked up on the SRT.
As a photo drone hovered overhead, I mingled with some familiar faces from both Rock the ridge and last weekends SRT. It was a beautiful morning with a crystal clear skies and a "Million Dollar View".
I moved out to the edge of the trail and ran along the edge of the trail where I could see the ground again and waited for the pack to thin.
After a sprint through one field and through a wet meadow, we turned up and into the woods on the Blue Trail.
My eyes quickly adjusted to the shadows as I focused in on the rocks and roots along the trail as we hit the first climb of the day.
Turning right to the yellow Ski Loop Trail I found a moment to catch my breath as the the foot steps from behind were thinning.
A slight down grade and across Table Rock Trail we emerge briefly from the woods back and crossed the Spring Farm fields to a winding climb on The Northwest Trail (part of the SRT).
Turning right, I settled in with a small group of runners as we pushed our way up the 1 mile Spring Farm road climb. The climb finishes at the Mohonk Golf Course and it's just a brief moment to recover before the Guyot Hill climb.
Rock the Ridge and I've done several training runs through this part of the course and I knew there was still some deceptive little hills as we wind our way to the highest point 5 miles into the 10 mile run.
I felt really great, so I picked up the pace as I wound my way along the relatively flat Bonticou Road carriage path and back across the Old Bonticou path which revealed the most amazing view of the Bontcou Crag.
Emerging at the top on Bonticou Road, I skipped the water stop where I finally passed the runners I was trying to catch on the hill and I started the final leg of the run.
I pushed the pace and took advantage of the downhill. Turning right onto Cedar Drive I was still feeling good and was pushing it hard. I passed a few runners and felt like I was really making up some ground.
Being careful to keep the rubber on the road on the downhill finish, I could see the pavilion and the finish line I pushed hard and blew past the finish at full speed.
Distance: 10 Miles