I had zero plans to run this race. I ran it last year. It’s crowded. It’s humid. It’s the same course that numerous other races include, at least in pieces, on their race courses. I was done racing. Ready for a break after Austin. Then about 20 different people convinced me to sign up. So I did a test hill run on Friday, deemed myself in shape enough to do it, and called it good enough to go.
And yes, it was super crowded. And yes, I thought I was going to pass out from heat stroke until I got cup after cup of water to dump on my head. And thankfully, I knew exactly where the course curved, where the hills snuck up, where I could slow down and speed up accordingly. So we weaved in and out of walkers and strollers and costumes and cut tangents as best we could and tried to not get run over by other runners and danced and high-fived and sprinted to a long finish line. And then went home and ate brunch in my backyard and crashed. And it was good. Probably one of the best, most relaxing days I’ve had in a while. And yes, it included a 5:00 am wake up and 6 miles of sprinting hills. Call me crazy. But I love it. Thanks, Austin!