Splashing for 13.1 miles
Notch up another fun morning at the Anti-Mini, my favorite no-frills, low-budget race.
As I expected, the trails were wet and sloppy from weeks of steady rain. A smaller group of runners than usual, just over 100, braved the wet conditions. We all did lots of puddle jumping and splashing.
Despite the slow, muddy conditions, I finished in 1:59:47, taking nearly five minutes off my previous best time.
The woods were beautiful — lush green, filled with songbirds and happy runners. It’s hard to think of a better way to start the weekend.
That’s not to say there weren’t a few casualties, even among the expert runners. Budd Glassberg, an ultrarunner who founded this race seven years ago, slipped and fell on the wet boardwalk ramp that connects the upper part of the trail to the lower. He had a big purple mark on his leg to show for it. Still, he finished 9th, with a time of 1:45:13.
According to the official results, I finished 20th out of 68 runners in the half-marathon division. Another 30 or so runners ran shorter distances. (There were several options: 5K, 10K, 15K and half-marathon.)