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:

McKay Hollow 2016