I slept fairly well and got up at 3:45AM. The race started at 7:00AM but I didn't want to be on the last bus (which was scheduled to leave the high school at 5:45AM). So the plan was to leave the hotel at 5:15AM, get parked and be on the bus by 5:30AM. As you can imagine, parking was no problem since we were at the high school so there were plenty of spots.
I didn't have to wait at all to get on a bus and sat next to a girl named Lisa who was from (near) the Philadelphia area, We talked about running and I learned that she is mostly a trail runner. She was very nice. You never know who you might be stuck next to when you are a solo person boarding a bus! From what I remember, the bus ride took about 25 minutes. There were already plenty of people at the park by the time we got there. I decided it might be a good idea to use the porta-potty since they were right there. I was pleasantly surprised how clean they were and "fresh" smelling.
While people were standing around socializing and stretching, I decided to walk up to the start line and check out the area. You couldn't really see down into the canyon but it was still beautiful.
The weather was going to be perfect as well.I randomly found some Half Fanatics and a 50 Stater and we gathered for a picture.
I don't have much to say about this race so I'll post all the pictures I took along the way. Once again, I hadn't trained and even if I had I wouldn't have been prepared for the hills. The course was a roller coaster; lots of up and downs.
I didn't know whether to try and do "my best" on the first day and take pictures the second day because I was pretty sure that I would suck even more on Sunday. But I decided to just enjoy the scenery and take pictures on Day 1. I hope you enjoy them:
|Doesn't everyone stop in the middle of a race for pictures?|
|Beautiful flowers along the course.|
I did my medal photo-shoot, got my box of goodies and headed down to wait for the bus. Luckily one was there and still had room on it.
|This wasn't your typical banana & water post-race snack!|
|This Diner has been in continuous operation since 1939|
and has always been in this same location.
|The "famous" Lamppost. |
It is featured on the medal.