I've been running the Dirt Dash course with my friend Morgan for the last three weeks. I had been on the fence about whether or not to race it, and then the race committee asked if I would be the photographer again. I was the photographer for this race last fall because I wasn't in race shape at that point. I decided that being race photographer was much safer for my ankle than trail racing, so I agreed to do it. This week, we ran the course harder than we have been, in preparation for the race. I didn't quite run it at race pace, but I did push it pretty hard, except for the two messier downhill sections, because they terrify me with all their ankle-breaking rocks and roots. I ended up finishing the course in 42:12. The overall winning time this year was 38:??. But I'm pretty sure my time would have gotten me top 3.
It was an absolutely gorgeous morning in the forest, and I enjoyed getting to photograph the racers. Much more fun that last fall when it was raining!