There was a forecast of rain for race day that changed often the last three days entering into the race. This resulted in several changes to the race outfit for the day. In Northeastern Maryland there was 4 inches of snow that melted the two days prior to the race thanks to extremely warm temperatures for late December. Some of this unseasonably warm weather lasted through race morning and turned colder during the day. Long sleeve tech shirt, favorite Brooks running shorts, new socks (hole in toe at end-they are going back), new Asics Attacks (not new any longer) were the final selection.
Getting to the race was a challenge. Leaving with plenty of time to spare I took a right instead of a left off the exit and drove two miles out of the way. Soon I realized I was lost and had no luck with asking for directions at an Exxon, Shell, and Dunkin Donuts. Finally I found my way and arrived at 9 am. Little did I know that being lost would be a recurring theme for the day. Luckily the race start was postponed until 9:15 am!
Next stop, Hashawha Hills 50K – February 26th!
Garmin: 28.42 miles, 6hrs 37m, 6,382 elevation gain