I had the pleasure of running the Bradbury Bruiser course this morning with Stephen, Ian, Blaine, and two other guys whose names I forget (sorry). The race is a week from today and those that are entered are in for a real treat. The course is challenging in that there aren't really any monster hills, but the constantly rolling terrain combined with the very technical trails really make it tough, but also a lot of fun. It's hard to go fast on this course and it's certainly a workout.
The run itself went well. I couldn't stop laughing at one point early in the run after Stephen's reaction to a particular item that made news headlines recently. Lighthearted banter continued throughout the run, as well as talk of preparations for the race next week.
Legs felt tired, but not bad until the last few miles. I wasn't hurting or anything, just couldn't go much faster on legs that were still recovering. I took a wrong turn at the end (this was before the course was marked!) and got in some bonus distance as a result.
Afterwards, we divided up parts of the course to help get it marked and ready. The work we did which included putting up colored flags, signs with arrows, and raking off the trails should really pay off. By the way, proceeds of the race are going to the park. It's a great place to run, hike, bike, car camp, bird watch, etc.. So if you're reading this and will be in town, or know someone who will be, please consider signing up. It'll no doubt be a great race and a fun time.
Ran 12.5 miles @ 9:46/mile pace.
AHR/MHR - 148/171
Mid-upper 40s, sunny.