I’ve run a handful of races outside the Metro Detroit area, but not too far. Places like Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and Marquette. For my last race of the year I had an opportunity to run a race in a whole new state: Arizona! I’ve never been to Arizona, so when the chance for me to go there for a vacation came up - I had to find a race!
I do like the idea of the end of the year ‘resolution’ races, even though I’m not a big new years resolution person. I found a race close to where I was staying, I’m not familiar with the area at all and found one about 5 miles away. It was the inaugural race, and I didn’t find that out until the day before, when we got the reminder e-mail.
I have a love hate relationship with inaugural events. I love the idea of being a participant in the first ever event, so when it gets big I can say “yeah I ran that when it was brand new”. On the other hand, I find them to be a little disorganized, like this one for example. They didn’t have a real web site, just an active.com page and facebook page, both which were sparse in information. We did receive one e-mail prior to the race for pre-registered participants letting us know when to pick up our shirts & bib.
I showed up early to the race, about 7:15 (race started at 8:00), and made my way to the bib pickup table. First they couldn’t find me, and then when they did they couldn’t find my bib! So they assigned me a new one, and then told me to go grab my shirt - which I indicated at registration to be a small. I walk over to the table and the lady asks me what size, “small” I say and she responds with “we only have larges”. Why would you ask me what size then? Little things like that annoy me for some reason. But I got my obeastly sized shirt and headed back to the car and hung out with Grant’s family, who wanted to come see my run a race, and which I appreciate. They got some great photos of me running!
The course was challenging enough and it was a change of scenery! It had a mix of grass, dirt, rocks, and hills! I was feeling really great in the beginning, and I think most of that was the fact that my boyfriend, Grant was there to cheer me on. I like seeing him there, it motivates me to be awesome. I finished it in just under 29 minutes, 28:49! Not a PR but, considering my persistent cough, I’ll take it.
The whole weekend was great though! I got to see the Grand Canyon, and climb a mountain!
"Well Cara, what do you think? It’s a big hole eh?"