This past Saturday, I ran the inaugural Run Santa Run 5k here in Pittsburgh (well, actually Cranberry.) It turned out to be my 99th competitive race. That brings me to this coming Sunday at the Trot for Tots in Oakdale, which as you can see mathematically is number 100. I'm looking at that milestone and thinking to myself, "have I really competed in 100 races?" I guess I have.
|Wore number 89 for race 99|
|Sara and Amy cheering me on for|
The Hell Hath No Hurry 30k in 2015
|First D.N.F. I was in a lot of pain from the|
swollen ankle, but I still needed a pic
that said, "Eh, oh well."
It had rained all day the day before the race (I'm beginning to see a pattern.) Since it hadn't rained all week, I was OK with the rain because I felt it would soften the trail a bit. For me, sometimes a dry trail is a fast trail, and a little too fast for my legs. A softer trail was my friend. Well, all day rain is actually not my friend and it turned a good portion of the trail into a boggy, muddy, mess. I still had my goal however, and I was ready to go.
|Hobbling through the woods of the 30k|
on a bum ankle. Photo Credit: Mike
Now, when I tell you how awesome and how much fun Hell Hath No Hurry is, I truly mean it. Peter and his crew do such a fantastic job not just with the organization of the race and the trail upkeep, but also with the out of this word first aid/nutrition station at the end of each loop. If you needed salt to keep from cramping, it was there. If you needed pop, peanut butter sandwiches, chips, and pretzels, those were there, too. If you needed pickles (again for a salty deli-case) they had them. (God I love pickles.) But, not only was there more than enough food to replenish there, but there was also enough at the mid point of each loop.
|Photo Credit: Run Santa Run 5k|
|Hell Hath No Hurry 50M. Climbing this 6 times|
was not a lot of fun.
|Lap 5 I believe, but maybe lap 6. Either way there|
is fatigue in my expression. Photo Credit Coach Kim
|Emerging from the woods after loop number 4|
|Photo Credit: Coach Suzanne. I'm looking a little beat.|
Loop 4 I believe.
Hell Hath No Hurry 2018, I'm coming for you. I've got you lined up and in my sights. We're going for round two so you'd better be ready. I will be. I'm bringing pickles.
The Running Jedi
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Enjoy just a few more pics:
|Photo Credit Mike McNeil. HHNH 30K 2015|
|Run Santa Run 5k|
|Goofin with Amy after the finish|
|Bryan got out an walked the day|
to get a work out in. I was just
being "normal" Photo Credit:
Run Santa Run 5k
|Race 99 in the books! Photo Credit:|
Run Santa Run 5k
|SCRR Friend Sean Jonez and I|
|Photo Credit: Mike McNeil|