Today, I ran in the annual Friends of the W&OD 10 kilometer road race. Thank you to the Friends who organized and staffed it all with volunteer labor. They do a great job. Thanks guys!
The W&OD course is the old railroad right-of-way through the heart of northern Fairfax County. The Northern VA Regional Park Authority owns and operates the trail, while Dominion Power maintains a right of way along the trail for its power lines.
From Vienna station, the course is a straight shot along the trail until it hits Hunter Mill Road, then back. The first mile is downhill and fast (I ran it in 6:53). Then everything slows d-o-w-n …
The July heat was not as bad as last year’s race but it was still about 90 degrees at race time. It really gets you on the way back. I survived and finished. I’ll leave it at that. Of course, I was passed by about a half-dozen lithe youngsters on the last mile.
Thought of the day while staggering to the finish line: I notice that there are race categories by age … how about weight? Like wrestling?
That may be my only chance to win a medal these days.