The last time I ran the Umstead Marathon was in 2008. After running the hills on this run yesterday, I now remember why I held off on signing up to run this for 5 years. It's deceivingly harder than what you would expect, and has a mixture of single track, and crushed gravel trails.
This year I toed the line with several old friends that I haven't seen in years. A few Charlotte runners made it out to run and support, and all did very well. I started off too fast as usual, and hung on for a 4:28 finish. I kept my output at a healthy intensity, surly to save some juice for next weekends Graveyard!
This is a fantastic trail marathon that will challenge any runner of any shape, and will surly get your quads pulsating...
Many thanks to all the volunteers and organizers that put this event on every year!