The Reedy Creek Trail run whipped my ass and made me it's bitch yesterday.
You have an option. You can do the 5.74 mile loop or the 3 mile loop. I decided, since I somewhat regularly run 5 or more miles, that I would hang with the big dogs and do the 5.74. There's this other older dude who does the long route. He doesn't even look like he's in that great of shape. But, holy shit, if he didn't take off and leave me in the dust straight out of the gate! I still thought there was no way he could maintain that pace. I thought I would end up passing him shortly and thinking "poor rookie. You didn't know any better".
Well, who's the jackass? I'm the jackass. That older guy doesn't do the entire 5.74, but he does do about an even 5 (there are so many trails you can really make any distance that you want) and he most certainly finished before I did. I decided about half way through that there was no way I was going to do the entire long loop and still get out of there before the park closed, so I cut over to pick up the 3 mile loop. I ended up getting a little lost and ending with somewhere around a 4 mile total, but still coming in WAY after the people who ran nearly 6 miles! Did I also mention that I tripped over a root and busted? The big dogs passed by me just as I was finishing. They were on their way out to do another 5.74!
I'm sore today.