The drive was quick, beautiful and uneventful.
|Is there anything nicer than sunrises on an empty country road?|
|View towards the Start Area from my car|
|This was an empty lot last year (who needs a Hampton in Palatka, though?)|
|Still a cluster, but not a big one|
This year, we got a cool insulated lunch box as our packet bag. I'm always on the look-out for a good insulated bag! (We got a shirt too, of course, but I forgot to take a photo of it - it's the same blue one as seen in the photos above).
|Insulated bag, with zip top and side zip pocket, and water|
After returning to the car to gear up, I hit the pottie, which was busier than I expected.
|Pee faster, people! We got to run!|
|Bounce house for the kids|
|Mass exodus to the Start Line|
We sang the National Anthem and then we were off. I won't lie - this is a pretty basic race. Not a lot was memorable!
|Action Shot! (I didn't finish with any of those people!)|
|Already near the back, yay me!|
|And... he passed me|
|The Orange Shirt Guy was an ARC guy|
|Yay, water! And shade!|
|Cones? We don't need no stinkin' cones!|
|Beautiful river-front house and library|
|Here I come!|
My official time was 53:10, which is one of my worst times ever. I seem to be going slower than I used to be, and it's pissing me off royally!
Once I crossed the finish line, I was given a wet washcloth that had been in a bucked of ice water (not just water, but water with ICE!), and a nice, frosty bottle of water. They also had misting fans set up this year to cool off the runners. I doubled-back and grabbed another washcloth for my chest (it helps me cool down faster!)
|Ice, Ice, Washcloth... wait, what?|
|Play Misty for me?|
|It's hard to see, but I'm soaking wet from sweat|
|Medal Glamour Shot 1|
|Medal Glamour Shot 2|
|Pizza and Quizno's Sub|
|I'm a sucker for a Sno-Cone|
|Um, are they open?|
|I think this is where people in Palatka get murdered...|
After that depressing shopping excursion, I just grabbed lunch and headed home. Next year I'll just go to Jax or St. Augustine afterward!