Was a bit of a mixed bag. We got there w/ time to spare and had some nice warm up on the trails. Decided against YakTracks. Due to fantastic weather we went shorts and T-Shirts.
We started fairly easy on the pace, making our way along 1/3 mile of paved road before jumping on the trails. As we hit the trails we were doing okay, averaging a little slower than 8 min per mile pace, gradually started climbing and were soon on the slick stuff. 1st mile was 8:05 and #12 said he was feeling good. I was right behind him and everyone was slowed I think by a combination of the crowd and the slickness.
But we were passing people, in fact we both kind of kept a mental note and think less than 5 people passed us for the whole time we were on trails, all the while we kept clicking off people, in one case actually jumping over someone who in a split second fell in front of us. We had nowhere to go but over him.
Mile 2 was slower, more uphill, more effort and fell back to an 8:30 average.
In hindsight - we probably should have had put on better traction especially for downhill spots. I was looking for a handrail at times, feet sliding out and almost wiping myself and others out.
Mile 3 we were laboring a bit as we traversed across the trails back to the parking lot. We managed to pick up speed and were cruising. The whole way around I was able to keep up with him, never more than 10 feet behind and at times when I could I came up along beside him.
So, we will mark this down as a good run together. It was nice to keep up with him - but better to run with him and be able to throw a little encouragement his way during the journey.
2 weeks till race #2 - the 4 miler.