I have run at Mt. Magazine before including some of the trails at the top and the trail from Cove Lake and back but I had never run all the these trails and I certainly missed out on some beautiful views and sections of trail.
|Picture I Took From Highest Point in Arkansas, Mt Magazine, Before the Race|
The views were beautiful and you certainly had to be aware of where you were because there were a few times that you ran right along the high bluffs. While there was really never a danger of falling off, the thought did occur to me that I was a mere ten steps away from hundred plus foot fall. The weather cooperated for May because it was a cool day and although it warmed up slightly, it really could not have been better.
It was not until about mile 12 that I finally took the lead for good after exchanging the lead a few times near where the highest point in Arkansas is. You know you are having a good race when the turnaround is seemingly a mile or two earlier than where you thought it would be. So I hustled back up the mountain and then just tried to maintain a solid effort that last couple of miles to the finish.
As it happened, I'm glad I hustled because I ended up getting the course record by a minute! What a thrill! It was good to run strong again as I have not had very many good races this year.
Afterward, PT had a big cookout and it was great catching up with all of my AURA buddies over a few beers. And the award made by Chrissy Ferguson was awesome.
|Po Dog and I with our cool awards. I was cold so I had to wear my sons sweatshirt, it was all I had.|