Quick and late recap from the Timpanogos Trail Marathon. I signed up late for this race but decided to not take a watch and treat it like a training run. I was hoping to try and win it using as little energy as possible and hopefully come in under 4 hours. That was the extent of my race planning....
It was another rainy year which I didn't mind. I love running in the mud so I was excited. I did want to go sub-4 hours and the mud would surely slow things down. I ran the first 6-7 miles with friends Seth Hales and Dan Mitchell. We chatted and watched 2 young guys take out the race fast. It was good catching up with those guys.
I quickened the pace on the way down into Battlecreek and was 1 minute back from the leader at Grove Canyon aid station mile 12. I was feeling good and wanted to take the big climb up the green monster and Grove Canyon easy. I figured I could catch the leader the last 10 miles...but he pushed hard. I got to the top with my legs feeling a little heavy. I trained through Miwok and it was apparent I didn't taper for this race either. Seth Hales caught me and we ran quickly over the top and over Curly Springs. I was surprised that the leader wasn't coming back to us as we were moving well. I surged down into Dry Canyon though the mud but still no glimpse of the leader.
Having decided to do Squaw Peak 50 miler 2 weeks after this, I coasted the last 3-4 miles down the mountain to finish 3rd overall in a time of 4:06:03. I was 5 1/2 minutes back from the winner. Fast roady who didn't bonk...good for him! Young buck Ford Smith passed me with a mile to go. He was working so hard I let him finish strong while I coasted. Again, good for him! 17 years old and FAST.
Overall I finished feeling quite fresh and had a great time! I run those trails nearly every day but still loved it. Great race, atmosphere, terrain, people, and rain like usual! Would have liked to have broken 4 hours which without the mud was a sure thing. A win would have been nice but 3rd place in a solid effort and feeling great afterwards was worth it.
Now for Squaw Peak 50...again