For my first section, I followed the "Forget the Pr" course over to the Fire Tower. I started about 730 am, and it was a cool morning! Unbelievable cool weather for a Mohican race! My hands were rather cold until I climbed Big Ass Hill.
I was then planning on taking the mountain bike trail-which is part of the Mo race course-back to the main campground where I was parked. Ron Dukes and Kali Price were just arriving at the aid station, so when they left, I left also. I got to share trail time with them. I tried to keep them in front of me, as I did not want to get sucked into my pace. I also ran with Paul Lefelhocz also.
I talked a whole bunch with my friends, as I know it can help the miles go by quicker, having someone else chitter chatter on.
|Kali finished 3rd place female!|
|Paul "The King" Lefelhocz|
Sure enough, out of the Hickory Ride Aid Station ( I wandered in here, but didn't touch their aid; I filled up my water bottle at the Boy Scout Camp spigot)
Marty tried in vain to get me to come back out and pace him later in the race, but I told him I had used up my good spouse credits. It was very good to see him again!!!
|Marty and I|
I finished up my 18 miles, and still had some time to spare, so I wandered over to the Covered Bridge Aid Station to see runners and help out a bit.
|Jay Smithberger getting all the attention|
I hung out at the aid station for about 1 1/2 hours, grabbing drop bags for folks. Right before I left, Mike Bailey strolled in-I didn't know he was running the 100 mile race! So helped get him situated before I headed home.
It was a great day on the trails seeing friends. I'm not that enamored of the current Mohican 100 course; but it has stoked my interest in doing a self-supported 100 mile out there, maybe sooner than later.