Saturday, April 29, 2006

Let It Rain...

I understand we are in need of rain. But did we have to get it all at once?

It has been raining steadily for the last two days now. Looking at the radar, we are just getting “freight-trained” by a sloppy system moving up from the south, and there is no end in sight. The weather gurus are predicting rain until Tuesday!

The only reason I mention this is because this morning I ran my first race in the rain! I have run a race in a snowstorm before, but never rain. This was a first; which, incidentally, brought another first for me.

Today was the Tornado Trail Mix 5k in Anoka. It is a race that benefits the Anoka High School Track and Field teams. The course runs on some paved paths that eventually lead to some wooded trails before returning to the school. Kind of a “mix” of asphalt and dirt trails, hence, the name of the race!

The course was rolling and rarely flat. There were no huge hills, but it was enough to affect your rhythm. The trails through the woods were sandy in some areas, so it was not a fast course. Add a driving rain and 20-30 MPH winds, and you have a challenging day to run! But it was a pretty course, and the organizers and volunteers were awesome, so that made up for the weather issues.

The other “first” for me that I mentioned earlier? For the first time ever, I finished 1st in my age group! Not my fastest race ever, but it was fast enough on this day. Another milestone. Very satisfying.

I should run in the rain more often! :)
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