Sunday - May 16, 2010 - Michelle! Are you still up for Rhody Run???
I already knew the answer. She wasn't the only one. We were joined by eight other ladies that also ran the Viking Fest 5 miler over the weekend that headed north to Port Townsend, WA to run in the ever popular Rhody Run. Okay - so I didn't actually run in the 5 miler, but I did cheer all my friends to the finish line. I took one for the team - the family team and ran with my two oldest boys in the 1 mile 'fun run' instead - wouldn't trade that for anything!
2,400 people. That is a lot of people. People parking, people picking up race packets, people in line for the bathroom, more people in line for the bathroom, people waiting for the starting gun, people walking and people running. I wasn't really prepared for the number of people.
The start of the race was slow. There were a lot of people (did I mention that?) and they were all at varying speeds. The ones that were troublesome were the walking variety. Walkers are welcomed on this course and they start mixed right in with the runners. It was a bit of an obstacle course getting around all the folks walking 3 and 4 abreast with strollers and backpacks - but after the first mile, the field was leveled out.
My favorite part?! Passing Audrey and Debbie Jo on the downhill of mile 5. At least the legs are able to go fast once in a while. (I must mention here - my lead over the two I passed only lasted for a couple minutes - as soon as we were back on flat land my lungs caught up with the tree trunks and I was humbled back to where my ability has brought me). My finish 1:10:56 (9:31 pace) which I'll take!
Michelle finished in the top two of her age group at some lightening speed rate around 56:26. Way to go!
I am still stumped - can anyone answer? This is the Rhody Run...
...WHERE ARE ALL THE RHODY'S??
(Photos courtesy of Naomi Nichols. Thanks Gnome!)
Tara, Nom & Donna looking great before the race!
Katie and I with happy man in the background.