I just had the best time yesterday! I went to WI to run the Chippewa 50K. I have only run the race one other time, in 2011. Wow, time flies!!
My Dad was coming through Big Lake from spending winter in TX so I was going to make a quick trip. Leave at 4 AM, arrive at 7 AM, Run 8-2, hang out for thirty minutes and head home. Quick.
As I was driving to WI the sun began to rise. Ah, all of the pinks, blues, purples. Truly beautiful! My drive was uneventful…just long.
I pulled into the race site and was directed to a spot of grass straddling the parking lot. I felt odd parking there but was told in no uncertain terms that this is where I was to park. OK then. I placed a piece of paper on my dashboard stating “THEY TOLD ME TO PARK HERE”
As I picked up my race number I said hello to so many friends, it was like old home week. We were going to have a blast.
The race meanders through such beautiful country, it goes past lakes, ponds, over lakes via boardwalk and deep into the woods. Just gorgeous.
The day! It was perfect. Sunny. We began at about 40F and I finished almost 7 hours later at 65F. Very sweet.
I finished 20 minutes faster than when I ran in 2011.
The photos that were taken pretty much sum how I felt! I don’t need words to describe. I smiled every step of the way. I felt fantastic. I am a lucky woman.