While sitting in my car, I pulled up the weather on my iPod. Yeah, it's nasty already.
|Race started at 8am, I finished by 9am|
|Temp courtesy of my car|
|I will park here, and you can suck it!|
Packet pickup was easy, so I was able to grab my stuff and head back to my car and gear up over there (in the shade). Once geared up and it was close to start time, I headed back to join the rest of the crowd.
|Look at all the crazy runners|
|Sparkle Skirt for the win|
|Start line is up there somewhere|
As it normally does (no matter the year), we always start with a lovely uphill takeoff. This really separates the good runners from the not-so-in-shape runners (waves hand). Once I'm over the hill though (lol), I'm good to go and I can do my intervals.
|You can't see it, but there's a hill up there|
|The pastiness of my shoulder is bothering me|
|How is he RUNNING on this trail?|
|Hey look, roadwork!|
|That blue car is mine - can I go home yet?|
|It's so quiet|
After running through the neighborhood, you turn right and do the entire course again. Including the nasty uphill. Since I'm very near the back of the pack, once I started round 2, the course became very empty!
|Dude, either pass or move back|
|Mile 2. People in view 0.|
|See, I run with an actual camera!|
|I hate this trail|
|You feel better now, you passed a fat girl?|
After I finished, I checked out the post-race party and was sad to see that everyone had already cleaned the place out. It's not that I want watermelon, but it does irk me to see that there's nothing left for us in the back of the pack. I don't think there was anything left but oranges and bananas at this point - neither of which I wanted - so I basically just packed up my toys and went home.
|Excuse me - who ate all the damn watermelon?|
|Cut these up - people still out on the course!|
You'll notice that I don't do a lot of races in my own town. I don't feel like we have a good running community - for slower runners. We have a lot of bad ass runners who are part of the Florida Track Club, but for the casual runner, there is a serious lack of community. Very few races include bling (I can think of two, and one is a tiny "I got it at Oriental Trading" medal. Many races are expensive for the swag you get (seriously, $35 for a 5k that only gives you a t-shirt?). Many races are put on by the local college, whose proceeds go to charities I don't agree with. So, yeah, there's a dearth of running opportunities in my area. And sadly, this race is beginning to feel like one of them. I may start looking for other races to run on Independence Day - there's one in Jax that gives a medal for the same cost as this, and it's an actual 5k.