Today was a beautiful Fall day for a looong run. The dark, foggy 62 degree weather gave way to a sunrise by mile 7. The air became crisp as temperatures dropped 11 degrees. The wind cheered us on, and the rain was gone. We chatted and exams acquainted, just as at any trail event. There was an optional hill to complete all 17 times...who was with me on that one?!
We had two speedy dudes who lapped us with lengthy, effortless strides. The rest of us held a respectable pace. Our goal was, "Don't get hurt; just get dirt!"
Around hour 4.5 (10am), a troop came in to set up for a serious event! I wished them well, but laughed to myself that a 5k was starting AFTER I had completed a full marathon. I still viewed my own race as a greater success, based on a simple formula: my group had completed over 200 miles, and 50 runners at 3 mile a piece would amount to 150 and some change. Oh yeah, and mine was free.
At any rate, I enjoyed the incredibly appreciative runners, and I will love to to this again!! I always enjoy the tough runners who show up for poster board events. The real ones never complain! And that is what we had today.
Great job to everyone who ran today!!
We had 22 sign up.
Some completed a half, some more or less. Some ran, some used a handcycle.
Email your time if you didn't get to write it on the poster!!!
Results will be up soon!!!
See ya next time! ( January 11 and /or 25...different locations)
Join us on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Oak Grove Lake Park at 5:30am for a bunch of laps around the beautiful lake! This will be a super, low-key, laid back event, but there's no reason not to race!!! Make room for turkey week with SEVENTEEN laps around the 1.542 mile lake loop. The course is FLAT and very fine gravel/dirt. The grand total: 26.2 miles (likely a tad more on your app...if less on your device, continue on for a few steps to satisfy that nagging in that stubborn marathon-running brain we are all familiar with). DISTANCE SPLITS for nerds (approx): 1.542, 3.08, 4.6, 6.168, 7.7, 9.25, 10.79, 12.3, 13.8*, 15.4, 16.96, 18.5, 20, 21.58, 23.1, 24.67, 26.214*)
Many can use this as a long run for Seashore Nature Trail 50k in December, one of the largest 31-mile races in the US.
Half marathoners or twenty milerers are welcome!
Finishers for the FULL will write their names and times down at the end on the provided poster for historical (or hysterical) results.
Shoot for 6 hours or less.
Run in either direction..or swtch it up! (Optional small hill parallel to trail at 0.75 mile marker...I'm running it 17 times!! )
50 runners or less, please. We can't storm the others out of the park!
I highly recommend a SHARPIE to keep tallies on your hand of your laps...this has proven to free up epic numbers of brain cells to focus on splits, nutrition, and nature!
It really is a beautiful park. I'm not one for zillions of laps, but I can manage at ths park! there are POTTIES and tables and a shelter. Bring all your snacks and liquids!
REGISTER for free by NOV 20 by emailing your name, age, city, emergency phone #, and distance to: WHATULTRA@yahoo.com. ALL participants in this fun race agree not to hold the city or race director legally responsible for any injury or problem whatsoever.
THE RACE HAS GONE VIIIIIIRRRRRRTUAL!!! Sign up for $18, get a sweet shirt, and help the world get CLEAN WATER! Email your distance, time, and optional number of pushups and/or minutes and seconds in a wall squat!!!! Or come run WITH US at OAK GROVE on OCT 19 at 8am!!! Register accordingly. The course will provide a lakefront 1.5 mile TRAIL loop to be completed 2, 4, 6, or 9 times. CUTOFF for all events: 3 hours PARTICIPANTS registering by 9/20 will receive a shirt from JUGGERNAUT GYM WEAR, a Virginia business specializing in creating an artistic apparel line for working out. The bold Tees are guaranteed to spark conversations, laughs, and looks and boast no cheesiness, great affordability, and high quality designs. This is a great race to RUN FOR THE SHIRT! The event will feature a post-race, quantity-based PUSH-UP Competition and a time-based WALL (or tree) SQUAT Competition for race finishers. HURRY! The race is LIMITED to 75 participants!! Sponsored by: Recession Running, Juggernaut Gym Wear, ROAD ID, and 4 humans. Race bags include JGW decals and bracelets.
Registration will be on ACTIVE.com and will start at $18 per event!!!!!!!!!
July 19 - 31: $18 registration/shirt/swag ****OVER****
Aug 1-31: still a guranteed shirt size
Sep 1-30: and still guaranteed a shirt
Oct 1-18: $35 for whatever stuff we give you
OCT 18: REGISTRATION ENDS at 7:00pm! NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION!!!
Some runs are just great. Energy. Relaxation. Speed. Dirt. The perfect mix. Friends always help, too. I have read many sources that comment on the introversion of runners, but I stand on the side of the extroverts. If I were the only runner in the world, I think that I would quit running. I like people. I like to be included. I like to be available when people need or want me around. Now, I am not at all saying that I want an excuse to quit running anytime soon. Contrarily, I am contentedly hooked on this lifestyle-I mean, hobby. I just love having someone to run alongside. Live alongside.
It has been a month of chaos, but the running has been great. The friends are great. The fam is great.
That's the main thing. The people. Not the silly numbers-that's serious coming from a math person! Not the emotions-that's serious coming from a woman! Not the self esteem. Not the diet. Not the quantity of activities or races. Just the people. The humans. The flesh-intertwined souls that run and breathe and long to be loved and befriended. The imperfect beings who can become the perfect companions.