Any race where they hand out bunny ears is ok with me!!! This race had a lot of potential had Mother Nature cooperated with us! We went to the start to pick up our numbers and get psyched up. It was cold and windy but the rain was holding off. The pick up was well organized except that there was no covered place for people to wait. Why do you need that.....well cause then the rains came!!! We found a bus stop to wait in and tried to stay dry for as long as possible. I changed into my hat but we all were shivering. Who would have thought we would need to bundle up at the end of April!!
Soon enough we were lined up and off we went. The rain and wind were coming right at us going out over the bridge but I just stayed with the group I was with and was going along at a comfortable pace. I didn't want to go out too fast because I knew what was waiting for me at mile 2! Seriously going up the bridge was like running in place!!! 40mph wind gusts and rain coming right at us!!! I forced myself to remember....holy cow I'm running over the bridge!
Seriously after getting to the top there it was all gravy until the end! Even going back over the bridge wasn't as hard since the driving wind had now turned into a tail wind! Thank you very much for that! The last incline was the off ramp to the finish line! It came out of nowhere and kind of knocked me on my butt!
One last kick to the finish and passing a handful of people felt great! Final time: 53:36!! More than a 5 minute PR....I was excited with my time. I would have liked a better one but considering the terrain and conditions....I am psyched with my finish and felt great after! Jill and Stu did great too!!! We were thankful to get back to find a shuttle and Brian before the skies really opened up! This was a great race....well organized and fun....hopefully in the future the weather will be better!!