Dana getting to the race to start cooking those yummy hamburgers. Ken telling us all where to go ( I know he gets a kick out of doing that LOL.) Michael & Chrissy waiting for the race to start. Enjoying the race with my hubby. Running the hard trails. My sister in-law Christin did an awesome job taking care of us at the aid station. Big sis trying to hold up brother Russell. Lisa is still smiling. Jason keeping up a good pace for a great PR. Brian hogging the trail. Jeff (Ken's nephew) posing for a pic.
John (Ken's nephew) giving a wave for the camera. I think Jenni & Vicky are trying to see if they could use their arms to fly through the course. LeeAnne, Sandra & Myself showing off our bling after the race. I finally got my trail shoes dirty just for Ken. Brian trying to see how many beer cans he could fit in his mouth.
What a beautiful day for a trail race! I was looking forward to running in the Lake McMurtry trail race that was held in Stillwater. Our friend Ken (A.K.A. Trail Zombie) hosted this race for the first time this year and I thought he did an awesome job despite one grumbly runner (no it wasn't me).
Bobby, myself, my brother Russell & sister in-law Christin left our home at 5:30 that morning to meet up with Sandra to caravan to the big town of Stillwater anxious about running in this race. When we finally arrived Ken & Brian were working furiously to get it all going.
First Ken sent out the 50Kers at 8 a.m. followed by the 25Kers at 8:30 then finally us 12Kers took out at 9. Bobby, myself, Sandra, & LeeAnne were among the 12Kers trying to tackle this unfamiliar territory. I started out going just a little too fast for me and it wasn't long that I was out of breath and had to stop and walk for a bit. I could have kicked myself for taking my heart pill right before I started because I think that is why I was partly out of breath. The terrain was rough and lots of climbing up small steep hills. I decided to take my time and enjoy this beautiful trail with lots of walking with a little running mixed in. I was determined and thanks to my wonderful hubby for staying back with me and keeping me encouraged to finish. I enjoyed seeing everyone as they passed by us. I was trying to take all the beauty in and forgetting about all the stress that has been going on in my life. I know you all know what I have been dealing with lately with my mom needing to have heart surgery and my bedfast invalid dad going to be put in a nursing home for awhile so my mom can recover when she has the surgery and then eventually making a big decision whether my mom can continue to take care of my dad or not so if that is the case then he will have to be placed in a home for good. Anyways as I was saying about taking in all the beauty that was around me to help forget about my troubles did the trick. I had a day without worries and truly enjoyed myself. Thanks Ken for talking me into doing this race. I was welcomed by the sight of my sister in-law Christin at the aid station. I was needing water and refueling with some yummy snacks. I thought that it was a good setup. Christin was doing an awesome job at making sure all of us was taken care. We finally took off again and did another 2.5 miles before we returned back once again to her aid station to refuel for our last leg of the race. We set out again to do our last 2.5 miles before we finally came across the finish line. I made it and I had alot of fun doing the race even though I told Ken he was in trouble for talking me into doing this hard race. There was some poor lost soul that complained for hours on end that they took the wrong turn because of it not being marked good and they went several miles out of their way and that cost them from not placing in second in their age division. For the record I would like to say that the course was well marked and if you took the wrong turn or got lost it was your own negligence for not paying attention. I have one word for that person who I have never seen before it is called what Coach Kathy always says is BONUS MILES! So what if you came in third instead of second this was a fun well put on trail race not a Boston qualifier! I understand to the avid racer that it is important how you place but you can speak your complaint but you don't have to go on about it for hours. I know I probably offended someone but this is my blog and I can speak my mind on it and you don't have to read it. I am sorry that Ken had to get an earful from that person for many hours because he did an awesome job of putting this together. When we were done Dana was hard at work cooking some yummy hamburgers & hotdogs for us hungry runners to eat. She did awesome for all the hard work she did in getting that ready for us to eat. I am thankful for what she did. Bobby & I then helped at the finish line tearing off the race number tags and writing everyones finishing time and handing out the neat bling that we all got. I liked the engraved compass that was our reward for finishing. I enjoyed cheering all the rest of the runners that came in that was doing the 25K & 50K race. I missed getting a picture of Rock Star Ed. I heard he did an awesome job at another aid station for the long distance runners. Kudos to you Ed. When everyone got done with the race Ken, Bobby, myself, Ed, Lisa, Jason, Brian, Russell, Christin, John & Jeff cleaned up all the remnants of the day that was now a big blur. We then decided to go eat at Mexico Joes in our grungy running gear and dirty faces & I think the waitress thought we stunk because she seated us all outside to eat. Brian decided to go back to his campsite instead of going with us so we missed him being there. We had a good time there reminiscing of the fun filled day. We finally said our goodbyes and headed home to a welcome shower and bed. I am surprised I am not that stiff and sore the day after the race but I feel pretty good and think that doing a little trail running might become addictive ( I know Ken is smiling big about this.) I think if I keep this up I need to come up with a nickname for myself hmmm maybe it could be "I don't want to get my trail shoes dirty Susan" LOL. I did feel though the race was just not the same without Kathy, Roman & Candice there. We did miss you all. Maybe next time.
I have been married to my highschool sweetheart for 30 years. I have a beautiful daughter and granddaughter who I love to spoil rotten. My husband is my rock who I have had to lean on alot lately. He takes good care of me when I am not doing so well.
I love to run when I am able to and hoping someday I will be well enough to do another half marathon.
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