On Sunday I did some Big Dog training at a 12-hour timed race in Reading, PA. It was called the "Labor Pain" and even featured one pregnant lady who ran at least two 5-mile laps. The race was billed as mostly flat, but it turned out to be basically one large switchback-y climb followed by a long descent (with various other stuff intermixed). This was a great workout for my legs, and the trail was slightly rocky in a fashion not too different from the Tennessee event, so I was happy with the decision to go do this one.
Sporting the Big T-shirt for the occasion:
The lap start/finish had a nice pavilion and plenty of space.
Lots of people at this one! Ready to start:
John captured a photo of me on the last steep climb up to the lap finish - the hardest part of the 5 miles, but at least it was short:
One lap done, feeling fine:
I worked on consistent pacing, heat management (it was a bit humid), and not getting carried away in a race with anyone else (not hard since there were plenty of speedy folks I couldn't compete with).
Half done my goal of getting in 50 miles:
Happily it was pretty uneventful and I finished with plenty of time to spare (11:45) - also happily, not even close to enough time to consider another lap:
Look what we found in Allentown:
On the way home we stopped by the FDR library/museum to see the new exhibit. It is really well done and we were glad we had returned to see it.
Also, the flower garden looks a lot better than it had in the winter:
FDR and Churchill:
Overall a satisfying weekend.