What a marathon experience this was. To me, it was like the beast that brought the runners together. With the weather being so horrible, it seemed to bring the runners to a place where we understood, “We are a unique bunch of crazy people” Twelve of us toed the starting line for the early start as we laughed about the 2-3 inches of snow on the ground and the pouring down snow/rain mix. Despite the weather we were an energetic group ready to take part in the rare adversity of this marathon. At 9:33 a.m. we took off together not knowing how things would end up.
The Leprechaun Marathon was filled with what seemed like a lifetime of weather. For the first ten miles the snow/mix was coming down hard. Since the course was not closed to traffic, every car that passed was spraying me with slush that was on the road. Now that was cold and dirty stuff. After awhile I tried to jump over the spraying slush so instead of hitting me from the waist down is was just soaking my feet. Took three potty breaks in the first ten miles. HAHA
From the half marathon point to mile 18 it just plain rained. The snow had pretty much melted away so no more car splashing. My clothes were so heavy from the wetness that they we rubbing me raw in many places. Just part of the fun I guess. Nothing I could do about it so I ended up just laughing at the adversity. I could not change anything so I just had to do my best and try and keep my pace in line. I was also alone for the entire race. I never for even one minute ran with someone. Since there was so few people, we were all spread out. Then the most amazing thing happened……….. Continue reading ‘Marathon #13 Race Report. Bad weather, Secret #71, and Personal Record.’