This race was sponsored by Fleet Feet Huntsville and I found out about it through an email. I have purchased shoes and socks from Fleet Feet and love getting their newsletters. The event took place in Huntsville, about an hour/hour and a half from my house. We got up early in order to make the 8AM start time, leaving the house around 6. We travel to Huntsville quite a bit, but I was not familiar with the location of the race. The race info had the name of the Park where the race would take place, but no address. Eek! And we got lost. LOL The GPS took us downtown (and I immediately knew this was wrong!) After a bit of a freak out, we found the location just in time!! We arrive at 7:40 and I had to pick up my packet AND FIND A POTTY! Haha
|Tommy snapped a picture of me standing in line for the Port a Potty.|
I walked around a bit after running through the finish line. And met up with Tommy. I hit the port a potty again and then went back for some water. They had a great spread of after race treats (Fresh baked breads, cookies, fruit, pasta, and cake.) I opted for half a plain bagel which seemed to settle my stomach a bit. Then the snow started again! So Tommy and I decided to hit the road. (They were not doing awards.) We stopped at a target and I changed out of my running clothes and threw a few pics onto Facebook. Then we shopped around town the rest of the day.
MY OVERALL FEELINGS:
Overall, I really enjoyed the race even with the stomach problems. This was a fun run to raise money for the Families of Victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT. and over $10,000 was raised. And that is AWESOME.
I was somewhat pleased with my time. My only goal was to finish in under 45minutes. And I did that!! And I'm very excited to know that I can hopefully shave off some time at my next race. And running in snow was FUN!!
WHAT I LEARNED:
I cannot tolerate sweet things while running. And if water is not available, and I can do without, then skip the water station.
I also want to take one of my weekly runs outside. This will have me better prepared for running 5ks.
Shannon made this awesome poster and shared it with me on FB. And Donna "ran with me." and blogged about it. Susan cheered me on via video (can't get that to load), and even though Mandy was working, she ran the stairs during her break in support. Lucky girl to have all these great friends!