Fargo, North Dakota
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Start time: 7:00am
Temperature: 75 degrees
Age Group place: 26/42
Finish time: 2:25:21
|State #44 and #52, oops, #25. When I get into the 30s, I'll try and do this right.|
|Such good sports to pose for a pre race photo.|
I had hoped to run 10 minute miles, but the weather got the best of me. I carried a water bottle until the third aid station, just after mile 5. LJ swears they offered Gu there, but I was too busy finishing my water, taking my own Salted Caramel Gu and grabbing additional water and Powerade from the volunteers, to notice.
After mile 5, the leader had just passed me on the "back" and I was afraid I had missed LJ. Luckily, I saw her about a half mile from the turn around, she gave me a big thumbs down.
|The prettiest view on the course, just before the turn around.|
The running gods gave me the freedom to walk (even more) at mile 12. The volunteers had surrounded a runner who was sitting on the ground. She had cool cloths on her head and bags of ice on her legs. I heard someone say, "relax, we're just trying to cool you down." Note to self: I don't ever want to be in that position.
The firemen at the end were even cuter than the ones I noticed pre race. One handed me my medal and one handed me a water bottle. The race announcer announced my name and that I was from Or eh gawn. There was yogurt, orange juice, potato chips, bagels and (my favorite) freeze pops at the finish. When it is 79 degrees and I don't know how humid, all races should have some type of popsicle. Awesome.
We didn't hang around very long post race. Our hotel's free breakfast ended at 10am, and we didn't want to miss all of it. The walk back felt twice as long as the walk to the race.
|Soaked through at the finish. I just wanted to Go Far away from Fargo.|
1. They did a good job with what they had, but this race was one of my least favorites. Maybe it's a let down because South Dakota last week was so different and interesting. Maybe it's because I ran poorly and am not happy with my time.
2. I flew into Minneapolis and drove 4 hours with LJ to get to Fargo. I flew out of the teeny tiny Fargo airport, with it's wonderful air conditioning and quiet terminal.
3. I look forward to reading LJ's race report. I hope she tells you all about how she got through airport security without her driver's license or passport. I didn't think you could do that. So glad she made it to Fargo, since this trip would have been a real bummer to tackle alone.
4. Post race we ate at Smashburger.
|I had to have the North Dakota burger. Duh.|
Hopefully 75 degrees and humid won't be as tough in Minneapolis/St. Paul. Next up, Women Rock Minnesota, this Saturday, state #26!