When the gun went off a collection of vampires, werewolves, clowns, blind mice, ninjas and just about anything you could think off headed off out of the park. Patti and I were maybe about half way back from the more serious runners and we took off walking to the start line. It was too congested to run until we got to the start line. Off we went and within 100 feet we were turning downhill to run a very long downhill stretch. It took us a while to get to the bottom and to reach a more level road for a short distance along the river. Very pretty along this part with boat docks and some people fishing out in the river. Before long I saw a shorter but steep hill before us. I guess you should expect once you go down a hill at some point you have to go back up. Patti an I made it up the hill but from this point on I pretty much had no energy left and was having some issues breathing deeply due to the congestion. So I began to primarily walk from this point on. For the next 2 and a half miles or so I would on occasion run for a block or two and them be wiped out again. I did not have the endurance or energy at all that I have had in weeks and races previously. Patti was a real trooper staying with me and just catching up on things. She could have run on and finished with the group several minutes ahead of me. But she kept me company the entire race, thanks for that. The rest of the race was just that, walking with some running thrown in. The course ended up being fairly flat up top and it was not an overly difficult course from that point on. Most of the harder core runners were well past us and finished by the time we got within earshot of the finish line. But we were still going OK for me dragging us along at what I thought was a very slow pace.
Patti and I ran in the last couple of blocks into the park and crossed the finish line together. We time wise finished exactly the same. The rest of the gang was there to greet us when we finished. It sounded like they had been there for several minutes waiting for us. Out formal finish time was 41:44 not bad for struggling like I did and not feeling well. At least it is no worse that I normally do when I have not trained and or under the weather. We headed off to the pavilion for food. The typical foods were there like bagel parts, bananas and water. But there was also popcorn, hot apple cider and cotton candy. Yes, cotton candy was being offered and boy was it a hit. The line was long to get some of that. Don’t think I would like too much of that after running but apparently some people did. I had one bite of bagel and a bottle of water. Just didn’t feel like food would be the best at that moment and time. After the quick nourishment I rushed home for the rest of the day. The next event was Luke’s final flag football game for the season. No rest for the weary or for the sick.
I think this race could be a fun fall one for the whole family. Good location and scenery with providing both kids races and the 5k race. The only drawback would possibly be other family activities early on Saturday morning s that may keep us from making this a regular one on the schedule. A special thank you to the work group for setting this up, for Bo arranging the theme and signs and for Patti keeping me moving forward during the race. Can’t wait until next year to regroup and do some races with you all. Thanks to all of the work runners for making this race and others so much fun this year. Had a blast with you all doing these together.