Thursday, August 30, 2012

Timmy's Challenge West Virginia

Marathon/Half Marathon Races, August 26, West Virginia

Everything about the trip and the race exceeded expectations.

Our rental car was just a little larger than our own.
Weather was super for driving, cloudy when heading into the sun, no rain.
Motel rooms had great kitchens.

Race day was cloudy for the first part of the race and not as hot as predicted even at the end.
Trail was shady most of the way.
Volunteers were great and served well without spectator support.
Hills were so gradual that they were hardly noticed.

Post-race food was beyond imagination.... like the best of church pot-lucks.
(Mad Marathon in Vermont, with only bananas... and food for sale ... take note.)

Race shirts were all cotton, a luxury now with technical shirts being less expensive.
Design was delightful and wearable.

Runner Don ran his best time in a dozen marathons (over a year). Yea!
Marathon finisher's medals were nice.

Although I thought the heat would slow us down, we half marathon runners were pleased with our time.
No finisher's medals for the half really smarted, but We Two each got an age group award anyway.
Here's me with "first in age group award", and Sweet Pea placed in her age group.

Thanks to Runner Don for good drive to Indianapolis after the race.
Shopped at Trader Joes for all the goodies we needed for a post-race party (chicken thighs, apples, berries for breakfast etc.)


Beth said...

That is quite a spread! Congrats to Don and his great marathon time and to you and Sweet Pea on your half marathon awards. Glad you had a great trip!

Anne said...

I'm glad you feel the same way about cotton T-shirts now. And West Virginia is among the most beautiful states in the union, if you ask me. Not surprised it and the race surpassed expectations.