Back to Back McKay Hollow 25k… The Double
(March 26, 2016)
McKay Hollow is a fun race. For a 25k it’s a difficult race. March is usually a wet month and the trails are more challenging on Monte Sano when the trails are wet. This year brought more challenge than usual. A few days before the race James Falcon sent me a message on Facebook asking me if I wanted to run the course twice. I took him up on his offer.
Early Morning Start
In order to complete the course before the race started, we had to start very early. I believe we started at 7 am. The pre-race run was good. We ran itself supported. But, because it was dark we moved a bit slower than expected. We only had about 20 minutes to spare when we finished. James and I quickly refueled and lined up to run again. On the second loop, James was going to run with his wife Michelle. I was just going to see how I could do. I got started a bit late due to a quick potty break. I brought up the back of the pack. I figured this was good as I needed to recover for a few miles. However, I was running pretty well again in a few miles. I felt great for the first 10 miles. Of course, the last 5 miles I started getting tired but I ended up finishing up fairly strong. The course was much easier to run in the daylight so I finished up the 2nd lap faster than the first lap.
After the race, the race director acknowledged that James and I ran a double. And, to my surprise, he even got a special mug created for us. I haven’t received it yet but I understand that the mug is very nice. 🙂
If you’re looking for a good challenge but over a shorter distance, I recommend McKay Hollow 25k. You will know you’ve run a race when you finish.
Here’s my Strava data from the run: