Sunday morning both my alarms went off at 4:15 a.m. I jumped out of bed and was ready to go.
Are you impressed with my selfie? Now you see why you rarely see pictures of me in my blogs! My pre-race breakfast was 1/2 a plain bagel with a little peanut butter and 1/2 a banana. I may have put some peanut butter on that too. Then just water. I was craving my morning coffee but decided to omit it today. Oh and a couple of never-leave-behind-immodium.
I had about a 1/2 mile walk to the gathering area and was told to try to be there around 5:30. So I left, putting my suitcase in my car and hiking to the fairgrounds.
The weather was brisk – around 47º but good for running. Once at the fairgrounds we were bussed to the start line. The way-too-anxious people like me got on the first bus. We arrived at the start line (in the woods) at 6 a.m. The race started at 8:00. Two hours of shivering, knee caps rattling.
Everyone just kept walking up and down the trail to stay warm and if there was a spot of sunshine, we’d all crowd into it. This is how the entire trail looked. My first time off of pavement and I loved it.
Like a fool, I didn’t think I should stop and take the time to get some pictures of the fantastic views. I mean that could increase my time! I know – next time stop and share, right? I will tell you that we ran through pine forests that would open up to meadows and streams. Just amazing. I’ve already decided to go back again for a hike someday.
I didn’t break any of my record times but I really enjoyed the race. Afterwards, there was chocolate milk (the best after a run), watermelon, oranges, bagels, pretzels and probably more. As a matter of fact the volunteers had brought fruit and bagels to the start line, too. The organization of this race was awesome.
My cell phone died as I crossed the finish line so I got a very nice person to take my picture and send it to me.
After the bus ride to the fairgrounds, I hiked back to my car. I resembled a crippled old woman who had swollen feet and had to pee really bad. It was a long 1/2 mile.
So there you have it. Another successful race for me. It’s number 5 in 5 states. Oh….my time? You really want to know? 2:19 and out of 39 women in my age division, I was number 8. Not so bad. Oh and did I tell you, my nephew ran 50 miles? I still cannot get over that.