|Pre-race in downtown Viola|
|Tech shirt and medal|
It takes place in a really small town and the race draws the support of so many of its residents. People had their sprinklers going for us to run through and many residents sat outside their homes cheering us on. The entire race (minus the start and finish) take place in the countryside and as you can imagine I had some cows to look at during several parts of the race.
|Off we go!|
|Coming up on the first nice downhill followed by our first big uphill|
Even though it started out overcast it was humid and I felt overheated pretty early on. I took a couple of longer walk breaks and had a couple cups of water in addition to the Gatorade in my handheld and I started to feel better. Once I passed mile 5 there was a downhill section that turned to a long straight portion so I took off passing several runners and feeling really good.
|One of the many farms along the course|
Around mile 7 another runner and I started to chat and run/walk together since we seemed to be doing the same run/walk pattern. It continued to feel hotter and we did a good bit of walking from that point on.
|MY favorite aid station of the day!|
There was one spot where I wanted to stop to take a picture and I realized that I rarely have a picture of myself during a race because I always run alone. It was nice to be able to stop, snap a couple of pictures, and then carry on. Another runner stopped and offered to take a picture of my new runner friend and I and it's probably one of my favorite photos from a race.
|New runner friend (Kade) and I|
We continued our run/walk but mostly walk from there until the finish. My hip was bothering me and I didn't want to risk hurting myself by pushing it. As we neared the finish we began our sprint to the finish and that sprint to the finish is featured on the photographer's site here. I look awful but nonetheless I'm pretty sure I've never had a race photo of me featured anywhere. My official time ended up being 2:57:40 which I can live because I had a great time!
|This is very similar to the one featured on the photographer's site but this is the one Allan took|
This race just so happens to fall right before our anniversary so I was very excited when we arrived at Holiday Inn Express and were immediately upgraded thanks to Allan's platinum-I-travel-so-much-that-hotels-are-my-second-home status.
|Couldn't have asked for a larger or nicer suite!|
Is there a race you love to run that's always tough and one that it's tough to PR?