So I was caught up for a brief second! And now I am not. But let’s see if we can make a dent in the next round of races. I thought I raced a lot in years past, but this goal of 40 races is a lot. Especially with another summer of working a lot.
#27 Ladybug 10K – I really enjoy this race – it is well-organized, has a great post-race spread, and isn’t too far from my house. Plus who doesn’t love ladybugs? I had 12 miles on my calendar and so showed up early to pick up 6 miles before the race started. Fortunately the sun was also up super early! I finished my early miles with enough time to hit up packet pick up and use the bathroom before the start of the race. The course was very similar to last year which meant the very steep hill was still there. But parts of the course were lined with ladybug paper plates. I finished and enjoyed my delicious chocolate milk!
#28 Garlic Festival 5K – Sometimes I know things (such as August 12th is the day before August 13th) but it doesn’t quite click. At all. Until I actually look at a calendar. Which is how I ended up deciding to do the Garlic Festival 5K (as I had the Bridge of the Gods half the next day). I really don’t remember much of this race, other than my legs felt super heavy and the reward for finishing was a giant clove of garlic. Which reminds me…whatever happened to that garlic?
#29 Bridge of the Gods Half – This seemed like such a good idea at the beginning of the summer. I was totally going to train more and be so ready for this race. That did not quite happen. However race day arrived and the weather looked beautiful, for racing that is. Overcast with rain in the forecast. I have a feeling it rained, but I can’t remember. What I do remember is stairs! Yes, this race had stairs!! And switchbacks!! A lot of switchbacks! Which meant hills! Lots of hills! But the scenery was amazing. I definitely struggled towards the end and was just so happy to be finished. Did I mention there were stairs?
#30 Canby Dahlia Half – I really enjoyed this half last year, mainly stretch from mile 5 to mile 6 in the dahlia fields. Since it was fairly close after Bridge of the Gods, I figured why not? I was alone on the course for a lot of the race, which was okay with me. The course wasn’t closed but a good portion was on bike trails. And this year at the end of the race, they had plenty of water bottles! Yay!