Sunday, June 20, 2010
One Hill Too Many
I've been part of some memorable events at the Mt Washington Road Race.
2002 - My 1st year running this race (42:19). For the first (and only) time in its history, the race to the summit would not happen. Freezing rain at the summit made driving cars to the summit impossible. Without a way to get nearly 1000 runners back down, the race was shortened to 3.8 miles (half way). All runners had to run or walk back down to the base after finishing. My plan was to ONLY run this race once. Since I didn't make it to the top I had to give it another go.
2004 - After missing the lottery in 2003, I returned in 2004 to make it all the way to the summit (1:43:20) I kind of liked this race but was not in great shape. I think I might come back again. With some nasty weather at the summit, Jonathan Wyatt of NZ smashed the course record by nearly 2 minutes, finishing in 56:41 (7:28 avg pace!).
2005 - So much for one and done. I set my PR this year (1:28:46), beating my previous best by 15 minutes. Maybe this race isn't so bad. Oh, and it rained again.
2006 -I should have quit while I was ahead (1:34:00). 5+ minutes slower than the previous year. I was in better shape last year but I still had a good time. 2006 had nearly PERFECT weather, 50's, sunny and zero wind...at the summit.
2008 - I missed 2007 due to knee surgery on both knees, but was back in 2008 (1:30:42). This was my worst experience to date. I felt awful right from the start. This was the first time I started thinking how much I hate this race. No plans to return. Hate it, hate it, hate it.
2010 - So much for not coming back. This year was the 50th anniversary and was a BIG deal in NH. It just seemed like the place to be so I decided to do it again. All the cool kids were doing it so what the heck, ONE more time (1:31:50). Ok, I'm done now.
Goodbye cruel mountain.