The first two miles were great, my time was pretty good and I was feeling good. Then we merged with the 5k runners, where the one course marshall told 10k runners to stay to the left, so I did.
We got to a fork in the road, where the farm house is, and I kept to the left. Well, I ended up going the wrong way, which was the into oncoming 10k traffic, in the middle of the woods. I ended up going this way as the person in front of me did, so I assumed, follow the group. This was very wrong, and I was going against people for about 2 and a half miles.
It really annoyed me that there was no one at the fork in the road. If you tell me to stay left, I am going to stay left. Andy said when he went past that fork, there was a person directing people. I guess that person got tired and left their post, which caused a few of us to go the wrong way for 2 and a half miles.
I just decided to follow the path in reverse to still get the miles. I finished the race, as I had to, it was the last of the Grand Prix of Running series that we were doing, but I won't do this race again. I did not like the fact that there was very little aide on the course along with very poor course markings (I am not the only person who thinks this, I spoke to a few other people and they had issues as well).
Like I said, this was the last race in the Grand Prix of Running series. It is a 6 race series where you can pick short (mostly 5ks) or long (mostly 5 milers and 10ks). I ended up doing the long series since I wanted to push myself, and I am glad I did. I liked half of the races, and was not a fan of the other half, so I don't know if I will do the series again next year. But like I said, I am glad I did it and will get my award for completing the series at the dinner in December.
Have you ever done a race series like this? Were you a fan?
Have you had any races that are just not run well?