|Green Team at the start|
Anyway, after the run around the lake where I was feeling good, the climb up Mt Constitution was next. This climb seemed like a mole hill after the power line, plus I was still feeling good. I made it up there, checked out the AMAZING view, filled up my water bottles and I was off running downhill, my favorite way to run. I had heard that Owen was just minutes ahead of me so I thought I'd see if I could catch him. I ran as fast as I could down Mt Constitution. What a blast that was. But I sure paid for it. I was maimed again after that and pretty much hobbled the rest of the way up the last climb, the last descent and the last 1.5 miles around the lake. I was nearly in tears whenever my right foot hit the ground. I knew had no chance in catching Owen at this point, but I thought I'd try to stay motivated to make it in under 6:20. I did, I crossed the finish line in 6:17, just a few minutes behind Owen. Crossing the finish line is awesome, you forget what has just happened for the last few miles and smile because you're done, you're with your friends, you just saw some great views and now you're going to eat a lot of food and talk to you're friends and cheer for other friends as they come in and cross the finish line.