Well...it existed last year anyway. This year it was more of a quaint gathering. The website had a broken link this year and it looks like the web was indeed a crowd draw in years prior...if these numbers are any indication. I think there were...ten or so of us. But you must ask yourself why you are there standing by a picnic table with a few water bottles and the rail trail waiting in the distance in the first place. For me, it was because I was under trained for the mini and didn't want my time posted online (as if anyone cares-I do apparently)...but I didn't want to be a quitter either...I started training (there were those 5 runs I did when it finally got warm this Spring) and I was going to run my race. So it didn't really matter how many people there were. My mission was still intact. Go to sleep race day not a quitter with no evidence of what happens to my legs after mile 8.
my sweet set up here -I mean...who needs a cool medical tent with all this gear?
Bambie's mom showed up to cheer me on
this tree smelled really good ( some spring trees just smell awful-am I right?).
And while this event didn't have the budget to hand out medals...I got this really great message on my running app ;) Yes...I scribbled out the time on it...what?...I said I didn't want to post my time! :) It's a little less impressive of a message since it's my first half on this app. :)
I can swallow a little pride, I ran 12+ minute miles. Gasp. I know. But I was training at 11 when I ran out of time, so all things considered...not too bad for my level of preparedness.