I knew after running the relay last year that I wanted to do this race again, but do the 25k because 12.5k just wasn't enough. As soon as I knew that at least one or two other people were willing to join me, I signed up.
Race day I met up with Sam, Kim, and Toad n00b Nicole, who we'd roped into this thing while she was all "Woo! Trails!" after Sulphur Springs, and Nicole drove us to the conservation area in her kick-ass pickup truck.
It was freaking COLD when we got there. Like somehow the temperature had dropped what felt like 5 degrees from when I left the house, and I was really regretting I didn't bring arm warmers. After picking up our kits we huddled in the truck to stay warm.
|Pre race with the girls|
|Sam and Nicole taking off down the hill (OK I told them to for the photo op. Clearly we were taking this race very very seriously).|
|This was the first time up the scary hill. Feeling pretty damn good about things, obviously.|
|What the hell am I laughing at?|
|Shit, we have to do another loop?|
|Nicole was thrilled about the second trip up Skeleton Hill.|
The 25k went great for me. We walked when we felt like it, ran when we felt like it, and I loved every minute. And the last 5k didn't suck nearly as much as the last 5k at Sulphur Springs, probably because a) we walked more and b) I wasn't 3 weeks out from a marathon.
|Post race after we found our warm clothes|
|Lunch was freakin' delicious.|
|Cute! Now, could someone PLEASE tell me where the name of this race comes from???|
Next up is squeezing in as much cycling as I can before winter, buying a bike trainer, and oh right, my last race of the year, Road 2 Hope. I still have no idea what I'm going to do there. I'm leaning towards going for the PB, but I might change my mind. For now, though, it's time to enjoy the fall.