Yesterday we had some really nasty weather but luckily it cleared in time for the run this morning. Our plans were to hit the road at 7:15...giving us an hour to get there and an hour to get ready. We arrived and drove what we thought was the course, cursing the two hills that we saw. Back at the YMCA, we go to gather our bibs, only to find a couple of errors...my t-shirt was marked as an XLARGE...mmmmm...no; Jill's last name was down as Flinn....mmmmm...no. We got things sorted out and someone looks at us and says...."go help yourself to some food before your race." Mmmmm...."Thanks" we reply as we turn and look at each other. No way we are eating 45 minutes out from our run! We go back to the car to get ready. Of course, costumes were decided upon and Jill dressed as Captain Awesome and I chose a Candy Corn.
We went back into the Y to use the washroom with 10 minutes to spare, did our dynamic kicks and hip movements, and then stood around...constantly resetting our garmins. 9am came and went and the race didn't start. The race director was just kind of standing around, chatting it up. When she finally decided to gather the runners, I could her a guy behind me saying "Cut the chitter chatter, we are already 10 minutes late." I had to giggle. We runners sure do like to be punctual. My mom and Jill's dad were out on the course to cheer us on so I was a bit antsy to get moving as well.
The first 0.5km of the course was a downhill on sidewalk. Now because we had such a rain/wind storm last night, the sidewalk looked like this:
|Not actual picture..but close!|
We continued onto the rails to trails part of the run. The trail in Bridgewater is not maintained as well as the trail in my home town, and it required a bit more attention as there were bigger rocks and divots to navigate.
|The trail was a slight incline that made my lungs hate me!!|
What the race director forgot to mention was that the sidewalk we were running on ended due to construction about 100m from the finish line. I said screw it and ran on the dug up road before hopping back on the sidewalk.
I crossed 7th in 28.58 and Jillian came in 8th in 30.00. There were home made wooden medals placed around our neck as we crossed. There wasn't any water at the finish line...we had to walk to the water stop for the 10k which was about 50m away. I know...not a big deal.
The race goes towards a good cause. Having said that, I probably wouldn't run it again...or REALLY lower my expectations. It just had the feeling of a race put on by someone who had never run in their life...or had any input from someone who had. I get it...it's a small town race....but it was their 4th year and it just felt a bit unorganized.
And that officially ends my 2016 running season. It wasn't what I had hoped given that I've been fighting this injury for months. I'm waiting to hear about a bone scan appointment which will hopefully lead to answers and not more questions! Stay tuned as I use the winter months to build more strength and get ready for 2017!!