With off road running events being quite sparse in the local area I've been drawn in by orienteering and am finding it quite addictive, like having an interval session without realising it. Although the results don't show it with the handful of local events I've run in I think i'm getting the hang of the navigation side a bit better, i'ts just i feel like legging it off then I'll have to stop to make sure I'm going the right way.
On this local event run by Walton Chasers in a very familiar area I made an effort this time to not run on tracks as much as usual and take a more direct route to each control. All was going quite well except for losing about 10 minutes hunting for a couple of controls on vegetation boundaries, 21 and 16 and getting to the finish to find i hadn't punched number 9 at all. I did visit the control but maybe forgot to punch or didn't wait long enough for the si box to beep. So a bit better this time as far as confidence in my navigation goes but need to speed up a bit now.
One thing that puzzles me slightly is the lack of numbers running the brown course. If I'm paying the same price whichever course to run then I'll rather do a few more controls and go for brown every time. The difficulty levels don't look much different in blue or brown. Probably something I'm missing but there are runners in the blue that are way above my ability but still run the blue. Surely a couple of Ks further isn't that much.
On a different note. I'm amazed at the amount Anton Krupicka is running lately. With a 2 hour 15 mile run up green mountain every morning and then about the same again in the afternoon he is knocking out almost 200 mile weeks. Obsessed? maybe. Doesn't seem to get bored of it though. Must be an American thing