This past weekend saw me travel to Memphis for the Swamp Stomper
25K through Meeman-Shelby Forest in the Mississippi River
floodplain. My friend Jacques and I drove there the night before
because it's about 3 hours away and the race started at 8:30 AM.
Downtown Memphis is a ghost town on a Saturday night, which is
kinda creepy and the complete opposite of Nashville. We met Brad
Montgomery for dinner at Aldo's pizza to do our pre-race carb
loading together since he was also running the 25K.
Race morning was overcast and chilly - perfect weather to race in!
The organizers also claimed this was a good year because it wasn't
too wet, however most of the course was mud! I had the hardest
time running downhill without slipping and twisted my ankle more
than once on the hidden red cypress roots poking up from under
the leaves. I only full on fell once though. It was quite an
enjoyable race otherwise, with well-provisioned aid stations
including port-o-potties that are a must on races of that length.
Still, the mud slowed me down and I finished at 3:11:45 - about
10 minutes behind Jacques and Brad who finished just past the 3
hour mark. Now I really want to do another one though!