I really wasn't feeling it much. I dragged my butt around the house until I HAD to get in the car, and I arrived at 8:05 for an 8:30 start. As I walked quickly to the bathroom (only one person waiting in the women's line!), a woman who was walking next to me looked at me and RAN AHEAD so she could be in the line ahead of me. Seriously. Now I was miffed. Then she wanted to make general conversation while waiting, but I wasn't having it. I collected my bib and my beer glass and went back to my warm car to wait it out. No socializing for me.
|This is EXACTLY how I look when I don't want to get out of my warm car.|
I lined up at the very last second. Right next to me was Tracy, who told me that she hadn't decided whether she was going to run or race, which was exactly my dilemma, too. When we took off, I decided that the chilly air actually felt really good for racing, and so I made my decision. The trail was swept clean of leaves, and the packed dirt was perfect for running. I especially liked the downhill parts this time because I didn't see a lot of rocks and roots, and I allowed myself to open up. Just like last time, the finish came quicker than I expected (weird GPS stuff going on), so I was pleased to see the steps that led to the flat sprint at the finish.
|Pretty finish along the lake|
|This is EXACTLY how I look when I shave over a minute off my time.|
Today I ran ten miles with Mandy, who is great at picking new spots for us. We started at the Mustill Store in downtown Akron, and we turned around about a half-mile past the Wilbeth Road Trailhead. This took us past Summit Lake, which I had never seen before.
|See the birds? Mandy was freaked, but I felt like they were our honor guards.|
Our reward was the potluck dinner for The Ohio Runners Network, which will be the subject of next week's post. Until then, run happy, Peeps!
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