I've never eaten a lot of pie. No grudge against it -- I just don't have many opportunities to eat it. My great aunt used to make a magnificent lemon meringue pie, but the tastiness of the dessert was due in large part to just being at my aunt's. She spoiled me real bad
Yesterday was a taper for today's half mary. Weather this morning was 43 degrees, no wind and light sprinkles. I surprised myself with a 1:45:23 finish
- fifth woman, 1st masters (1st woman was just 1:40, so no one was breaking any speed records
. For all the hills, I'm delighted with how things went. Biggest concern was course management, and it was very well done. There was only one ass canoe who just deliberately refused to give up his half of the road for a runner
Volunteers managed the turns and intersections amazingly well, and man, were they needed! DS brought GD to keep us company beforehand.
That was great. Sonny brought me some latex gloves -- I love them for chilly/wet races. (I sweat through regular gloves, and then have cold hands.
) Race was sponsored by a local church that had great bathrooms
and lots of open space for staying warm before race time. I was anxious and not terribly motivated to run in the cold, so it was super easy to wait inside, go to the bathroom 10 minutes before the start (porcelain, auto-flush, no wait), then go line up and wait 5 min for the gun. Not even 80 participants, and yet they provided pacers. I thought I'd run with the 2 hour group and move up after the turnaround if I hadn't died, but I found myself trailing the 1:45 guy -- never catching him, but never lagging too far behind either. Splits were dictated by the terrain - oof! There were constant ups and downs, two short but nasty-steep hills, and no free-fall downhill to the finish. Results were available almost immediately, which was very nice. We waited around a little to see if there would be awards. The RD said she'd just mail out the ribbons later. I'm a little puzzled by that since I could see a big stack of medals, but
it's not why I ran this one, and hey, that meant we could go get breakfast that much sooner
I'm looking forward to taking it easy now for a while. I had hoped to get acquainted with other runners, but once again, though people were nice, I couldn't find info for local running groups. Well, just another excuse to take it easy for a while. I'm glad I trained for this as best I could. I'm glad I did it, but now, I'm really glad it's' over, too.