I had to stop or slow down quite a few times to figure out where the trail was since it wasn't always obvious, and that slowed the pace some. However, I was just plain slow today. I attribute this to having quit coffee until the WS100. I normally reduce my coffee intake leading up to a 100-miler, but have never quit it entirely. This isn't easy. Also, my sinuses are a bit haywire with all the pollen. On a bright note, the legs felt great.
Worth noting the deer flies aren't out yet. However, the mosquitoes are out in full force, especially with all the rain we had a few days ago. Also had a couple of more pleasant wildlife encounters with a deer and a red-tailed hawk.
Took some pictures along the way:
About a mile into the run:
AHR/MHR - 140/156
Trails, fire roads.
Lower 50s to mid-60s, sunny.
Shorts, short sleeved shirt, cap.