What an AMAZING race! Dia de los Muertos Night Run ROCKED!!!
Here are some reasons why I will run this race EVERY year:
1. the course was clearly marked - There was no question as to what route the runners were supposed to take. The marked trails were WAY over the top, but better over done than under done.
2. the runners - The menagerie of costumes was great. My favorite? Deviled egg. Second fave? Chapulín. Donna and I spent a good 15 minutes discussing what we should dress up as next year. Any ideas?
3. the organization - I was worried about packet pickup b/c usually pickups at the actual race are a huge mess, but these people had it TOTALLY TOGETHER! They accidentally gave Donna a cotton tee instead of a tech tee and she exchanged it without incident. Everyone was so incredibly friendly and the volunteers on the trail were so helpful. They had an overabundance of volunteers, but that made for a very pleasant experience.
4. the weather - I realize this isn't the actual doing of the race coordinators, but you can't complain about a five mile run when it's in the low 60's high 50's.
5. the unexpected friend along the way - Donna and I actually found a rhythm to our running and breathing so we were actually able to have a conversation during the run. I had mentioned to her that the trail reminded me of running out at the Cave without the gigantic hills. Suddenly I hear, "Lali?" Well, it was dark so I couldn't see who it was. As I look over, blinding each other with our headlamps, I replied, "Who is that?" In a VERY familiar voice, I hear, "It's Ella." ARGH!!! A former co-worker of mine from East Central. We jogged together for a while, talked for a while, then she wished us well and had to walk a bit. Since Donna and I ran the whole time (Did you get that? We ran the FULL FIVE MILES.), I doubled back down the trail, found Ella and encouraged her to the finish. She did GREAT! I'm so proud of her. She said, "I knew it HAD to be you. I don't know anyone else that runs at a cave."
There was one teeny, tiny snag. They ran out of cups at the second water station. They actually had water, but I got creeped out at the thought of drinking water straight from the water jug especially knowing someone else has probably done the same. But again, the weather was such that I didn't really feel dehydrated. I guess drinking water all day helped a bit with that, too.
I didn't have my camera last night, but I did have someone take our picture post run. I'll get that up as soon as I get it. My next race? ROCK-N-ROLL San Antonio half marathon. Am I ready? Absolutely NOT, but that's ok. I'm not in it to win it. I'm in it for the joy of running. How about you? Do you enjoy RYAO?