AM- GE 6k at Connestee Park. Great weather (40 deg), nice course with about 1.5 mile pavement, 2+ miles singletrack trail. I knew I wasn't going to be speedy fast, between lack of recovery from my 50 miler, being sick, and being slightly undertrained. Ran about 6th to 9th place the whole race- worked pretty hard, but definitely didn't go all out. First mile on pavement was 5:33, then 2-6:20's on the trail, then a 6:00 on trail/pavement to the finish.. I knew my speed wasn't there, so I wasn't going to kill myself- my bigger priority is Monday's trail run. Really enjoyed running on the nice trails, though, and seeing a little carnage- I think 4 or 5 of the top 10 guys fell, including 2 guys right behind me (no injuries, though). GE team ran strong, with 4 of the guys finishing ahead of me, including Jim for the overall win. I think I finished 7th place, but not sure. 23:37 (6:06 avg) for the race- interestingly, that is the exact same pace as the February run I did at the same location, though that race had a slightly different course and was slower thanks to lots of water/mud. Given that I wasn't 100% today, I guess it's good that I ran as fast as last race. Thanks to Laura, the PS staff, Todd, and everyone else for doing a great job.
Now rest for my 77 mile trail run on the Foothills Trail on Monday. The record is 16:52, and only 13 people have ever completed the run. Hope I survive!