As I posted the other day, I headed back to Inks Lake State yesterday for the Capt'n Karl's run. As always, Joe Prusaitis and Tejas Trails put on a great race. This one has really grown since I ran 2 years ago. That race had 51 starters; last night there were 106 registered for the 60K and 144 registered for the 30K. It made for a traffic jam at the park entry, and some parking issues, but the race organizers, park officials, and runners all handled it well.
|And, they're off!|
The highlight was getting to meet Trey. Last Sunday, when I ran with Don, he told me to look for his friend Trey. "You can't miss him--he's the one with one arm." Sure enough, just after the start, I saw him and introduced myself as Don's friend. We ended up running together most of my race. He's about as nice a guy as you'll ever meet, which isn't surprising, since the same could describe Don. Once I started walking on loop 3, he took off. I think he had held back for me a couple times, but he had a lot more in the tank than I did.
|I tried to keep up with Trey but ultimately I couldn't do it.|
Even though things didn't play out as I had hoped, it wasn't a bad run. The trails at Inks Lake are fun and challenging. The moon, just a couple days past full, was beautiful. It was hot (according to my car thermometer, 101 when I arrived at the park at 6, a cool 87 when I left shortly after midnight), but it could have been much hotter, and there was a bit of a breeze from time to time. I don't know that I'll sign up for this race again, but I would love to come back and run these trails or hike them with my boys--only I think I'll wait until it's 40-50 degrees cooler. . . .