|Ready, Set, Go!|
This was my first year, and on the drive over I was wondering what in the world I was doing. It started at 7:30pm on Friday night, and I was already tired from the week. My friend Jennifer reminded me that I was the one who asked her.
This race was just going to be for fun, so I wasn't nervous or anxious at the start.
We put our headlamps on at her house, and being the nerd I am, I forgot about it and wore it the whole way, driving in the car.
I've never been to this park, let alone on the trail, so had no idea what to expect. It started on road, then went to trail, back to road, then to trail and the last little bit was road. It was a nice mix. It was really cool watching the lights dance in the forest as runners ahead of us bobbed along in the dark. I couldn't see the runners - just their lights shining bright.
|Walking up to the start.|
The first part of the race was all downhill, which was really nice until I realized that at some point we would have to head back up.
|Announcer Start Guy|
|Looking very happy before this race!|
|Super cool shirt in our race packet.|
The end of the race kind of snuck up on us. All of a sudden we were heading up a hill, and I could see the glow of the time clock. I looked at Jennifer and said "let's go for it!" and we took off racing as fast as we could toward the finish line.
I was trembling when we finally stopped and gulped down some gatorade, water and a banana.
Official time was 36:31 - Not great, but not bad for me either. And it was super-fun. I think this is one I will look forward to next year!