Rain, mud, hills, trees to grab on to and all kinds of trails to run. While over 250 completed the 5k and another 50 did the 10k, 9 of us started the 20k on what was advertised as the toughest trail in Ohio. Four young guys took off ahead of me but I caught one of them after a few minutes. After that I was alone until the 6th mile. I got to the first mile in 9 minutes, the second mile in 19 minutes, and the third in 28. I already did 3 climbs but heart attack hill started right after the third mile. It was a 300 ft climb interrupted by a short 25 yard section of flat logging road. After 4 miles was another steep hill that had to be hiked. At 5.5 miles, we came back together with the 5k runners who started 30 minutes after we did. I got slowed down on a long stretch of single track where it was too muddy to pass. While the rain had made the course a little muddy, it was now a slopfest after the 5k runners had gone through. I finished the first 10k in 1:00:15. The second time around would be much tougher because of the mud. The first mile was a minute slower, but I really hammered the downhill on the second mile and made up a little time. The third mile was a little slower. Heart attack hill was where it really got tough. The mud was so slick now, even grabbing trees didnt prevent me from repeatedly slipping back. The downhills were even more treacherous but I was somehow able to stay upright the whole race. During the big climb after 4 miles I spotted the 3rd place guy up ahead. I could almost catch him on the climbs but he would sprint away on the downhill. He beat me by 21 seconds. I lost a minute per mile over the last 4 miles and finished in 2:05:06. The winner put the race on strava and it came out to 11.6 miles with 3,330 ft elevation gain which definitely makes it tougher than any other race I have done in Ohio.
I finished off April with a slow 3.25 mile run giving me just under 200 for the month.