My friend Tammy decided to sign up for it too, so we were able to ride down (5 hour drive) and run together.
Because of work we got a late start on Friday. Thankfully packet pickup was available at 6 am on Saturday!
We get to our room around 11, Tammy sets off the fire alarm, and we couldn't stop laughing. Ok, that wasn't her fault, we had a crappy heater in our room. Thanks Best Western.
We picked up our packets on Saturday morning, and it was freezing outside. We sat in the warm car and waited for the 7 am start.
|You can't tell, but we were shivering!|
Ok, about this race. It was in a small town in Southeastern TN, called Winchester. Very small race, less than 200 people. (There was a full marathon as well. 100 halfer's and 100 full runners)
Probably about 6 miles were on the main roads, and the remainder on a country road. There were so many friendly volunteers out helping with traffic. The police, EMS, fire fighters, and the military (Marines?). But despite that, there were still several scary moments with all the traffic. At one point, there were cars going around us on the left, and cars trying to get in the turn lane on the right, and we were right in the middle! Very scary.
Then once we got on the country road, it was small and curvy and they told us to stay in the right lane. So we were running with traffic, instead of against it. We couldn't hear cars behind us until they were right there, that was pretty scary. Tammy asked me if we should get on the sidewalk, but it was all cracked and broken, not ideal for running on. So we stayed on the road and just tried to watch out for cars.
That was definitely nerve wracking.
Around mile 10 we were both like ok, I'm done with this! The cold, the rain, the close calls with the cars- we were done.
But we really had a lot of fun. Tammy is so funny, and I spend a lot of time laughing
|Twinning (yes, it was still raining)|
Even though the conditions weren't all that great, we still had a wonderful time!
Did anyone else race this weekend?
Can you eat right after a race, or do you have to wait awhile too?