So Captain, Cyrus, Swiss, Portage and me all did the 25K, and the Boy came out for the 10K.Just like last year, it was a scorcher, 30˚C at the start, with the humidity, it felt like 37˚C (100F).
|Cyrus looked ready to crush the course, and he did.|
|Swiss and Portage before the race.This was portage's 1st 25k, after doing her 1st half-marathon(21.1K) a couple of weeks ago.Swiss looks like he's having a little trouble getting that belt done up.|
|I took this one on the 1st crossing the bridge over the Grand River, about 1K into the run. Feeling good.|
|Much of the single track runs beside the river, which is nice.|
|After things started to heat up, we got to run across a large,open farm field. Not Good.|
|Bad quality photo of the trail.|
|Coming into the aid station at 19km. I was starting to feel a bit dizzy.|
"Tell Captain I'm Walking It In !" I yelled, thinking there was still 2 K to go. After about a minute of walking, people are turning left off the road, and I see the parking lot! DOH. We are only about 100 yards away from the finish! SHIT! I start running (people were still passing me as I walked). Captain and Cyrus have run really well, and The Boy, having finished the 10K is also there to greet me as I cross the finish line, which is awesome. Swiss is already having a freezy and chatting with the nice looking lady.
|I felt so aweful I didn't even want a beer, but The Boy insisted I have one for my Blog photo, and the 100 Beers Blog.|
|Portage caught me off guard, The Boy had already high-fived her before I got the camera out.|
|Portage was anxious to show off her battle scars.|
|Group shot. Notice The Boy has put on 30lbs. of beef since last year, but he was within 2 minutes of last year's time. He is hitting the gym every day.|
|Here's The Boy last year @ 135lbs.|
Cyrus, crushed it in 2:11, 9th overall, 3rd age 40-50
Captain, 2:18:42, 1st age 50-59! (And he forgot his podium shoes)
Swiss, 2:39:06 , 2nd age 60+ (The 60+ guy who beat him passed him with about 500 meters to go! DOH) Does Swiss ever not get on the podium? (I think he has worn his podium shoes out)
Portage, 3:25:40 in her 1st 25K
The Boy, 10K in 1:17:59, not bad for 10 minutes of training!
There's a cool video of the Phlox 25K Run posted by Get Out There Magazine HERE.
Unfortunately, this will be my family's last Phlox Run, as we really enjoy this one. It's well organized, great volunteers and a genuinely tough little course. By this time next year, Portage and I will be in BC full time, and The Boy and The Girl will either be in Halifax and Charlottetown, or with us.
Next up looks like it might be the Limberlost Challenge near Huntsville Ontario. We will try to get Mrs. Digger to run the 28K. C'mon Portage, it's only 3 more kilometers.
Does this mean I have to start training again?
And huge congratulations to our girl Dora, who completed 70.5 miles at Laural Highlands in 19:43:48 for the Female 50+ age group win. This is of course just a training run for the Leadville Trail 100 Miler. I don't know how she talks herself into these things.