Race #481 -- Jackson River Scenic Trail Run 10k -- Covington, VA -- 06/27/20
Unfortunately my Garmin watch didn't cooperate so I have very limited data for this race. The event consists of a marathon, half marathon, 10k, and 5k, and I chose to run the 10k, which was maybe the smallest race in the bunch with only 36 finishers. I was already feeling the ravages of the Covid-19 outbreak, and although I didn't have the disease itself it had affected my overall running and fitness. I was on my way to gaining an additional 20 pounds over the already 10 pounds above my ideal running weight that I had been halfway trying to lose.
Some folks commented to me that 56:41 was a pretty good time for a trail race, but really the course was almost flat and very easy to run on, and just a few months earlier I should have been closer to 50 minutes flat, give or take.
The race setting and course is truly beautiful, and although I didn't run all that great I did enjoy it and hope I can go back. I've already asked
the warden my wife if we could go back this year and it's looking like a return trip could be in order. I'd probably run the 10k again to get a comparison of how I'm doing a year later and how much I've lost partly due to the pandemic and partly to being a year older. I'll be 69 for the 2021 race and I'm finding that each year once you hit your 60s makes quite a difference.
|Coming across the finish line I was actually happier than my face would indicate, but I wasn't thrilled with my time or my barking knees.|
Covington is about 250 miles from home and I wouldn't ordinarily travel that far for a race, but in June of 2020 there were almost no in-person races so it was a nice getaway for a couple days. There was also the fact that we had bought a nice little Class B Roadtrek camper van a couple months earlier and I was itching to take it on the road. We camped about 20 miles away from the race start at the beautiful Douthat State Park.
- Time: 56:41
- Pace: 9:08
- Age Group (60-69): 1 of 3
- Overall: 10 of 36
- Age Grade Percentage: 63.33%